ICCS2004 Application Submission/Review

Abstract for
"On the Evolution of Structure in Ecological Networks"

Previous research on simulated ecological networks has focused on things like the distribution of links between species, without generally categorizing the types of inter-species relationships that develop, unless those relationships are of some predesigned form (e.g., food webs). In this work we use a model system to examine the specific types and numbers of interactions between species and how these affect network stability and evolution. For example, we report on the numbers of predator-prey, competitive, symbiotic, and more complex cyclic relationships that develop in randomly initialized communities, with and without the introduction of novel species over the course of the simulation.