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Networks show up in ecology in several differnt ways.  One is essentially related to dispersal or connecitvity, and this is often used in thinking about epidemiology and the spread of disease.  A second way that networks show up is in interactions between or among species.  This latter aspect is related to food webris, and patuclar attention has been paid to competitive or mutualistic networks.  Here, questions relate to the strucutre of the network and the persistence of interacting species.


* means required reading

The entry in The Encyclopedia of Theoretical Ecology titled Networks, Ecological

*Urban DL, Minor ES, Treml EA, Schick RS (2009) Graph models of habitat mosaics. Ecology Letters 12:260-273

*Bascompte J (2009) Disentangling the Web of Life. Science 325:416-419

Bascompte J (2010) Structure and Dynamics of Ecological Networks. Science 329:765-766

Pascual M; Dunne JA (2006) Ecological networks : linking structure to dynamics in food webs. Oxford University Press, Oxford; New York