Complexity, collective effects, and modeling of ecosystems: formation, function, and stability.

Abstract:

:We discuss the relevance of studying ecology within the framework of Complexity Science from a statistical mechanics approach. Ecology is concerned with understanding how systems level properties emerge out of the multitude of interactions among large numbers of components, leading to ecosystems that possess the prototypical characteristics of complex systems. We argue that statistical mechanics is at present the best methodology available to obtain a quantitative description of complex systems, and that ecology is in urgent need of "integrative" approaches that are quantitative and nonstationary. We describe examples where combining statistical mechanics and ecology has led to improved ecological modeling and, at the same time, broadened the scope of statistical mechanics.

journal_name

Ann N Y Acad Sci

authors

Jensen HJ,Arcaute E

doi

10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.05416.x

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2010-05-01 00:00:00

pages

E19-26

eissn

0077-8923

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1749-6632

pii

NYAS5416

journal_volume

1195 Suppl 1

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