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Comparing species interaction networks along environmental gradients: Networks along environmental gradients

Pellissier, Loïc ; Albouy, Camille ; Bascompte, Jordi ; Farwig, Nina ; Graham, Catherine ; Loreau, Michel ; Maglianesi, Maria Alejandra ; Melián, Carlos J. ; Pitteloud, Camille ; Roslin, Tomas ; Rohr, Rudolf ; Saavedra, Serguei ; Thuiller, Wilfried ; Woodward, Guy ; Zimmermann, Niklaus E. ; Gravel, Dominique

In: Biological Reviews, 2018, vol. 93, no. 2, p. 785–800

Knowledge of species composition and their interactions, in the form of interaction networks, is required to understand processes shaping their distribution over time and space. As such, comparing ecological networks along environmental gradients represents a promising new research avenue to understand the organization of life. Variation in the position and intensity of links within networks...

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Plate tectonics drive tropical reef biodiversity dynamics

Leprieur, Fabien ; Descombes, Patrice ; Gaboriau, Théo ; Cowman, Peter F. ; Parravicini, Valeriano ; Kulbicki, Michel ; Melián, Carlos J. ; Santana, Charles N. de ; Heine, Christian ; Mouillot, David ; Bellwood, David R. ; Pellissier, Loïc

In: Nature Communications, 2016, vol. 7, p. 11461

The Cretaceous breakup of Gondwana strongly modified the global distribution of shallow tropical seas reshaping the geographic configuration of marine basins. However, the links between tropical reef availability, plate tectonic processes and marine biodiversity distribution patterns are still unknown. Here, we show that a spatial diversification model constrained by absolute plate motions...