Robustness of Plant-Pollinator Mutualistic Networks to Phenological Mismatches

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dc.contributor Ramasco Sukia, José Javier Payrató Borràs, Clàudia 2016 2018-05-25T11:09:11Z 2018-05-25
dc.description.abstract [eng] Mutualistic interactions conform the skeleton of many systems widespread in nature, with abundant examples ranging from the economical context to the biological world. Still, the paradigmatic case of study -and ours- is ecological networks. The singular composition of their interactions is known to exhibit unique resilient features, playing a critical role to the preservation of earth’s biodiversity and ecosystem’s robustness. However, the extent to which the so-called mutualistic networks might be affected by global change has still not been well-established. Accordingly, in this Master Thesis we attempt to measure the robustness of a plant-pollinator community to shifts in their life cycles (phenologies). By borrowing tools from population dynamics and statistical mechanics, we characterise a phase transition triggered by phenological noise in a non-spatially extended model. Our results suggest the existence of a second order non-equilibrium phase transition. Moreover, simulations on an empirically-based network successfully reproduce some previously known ecological traits. All in all, many critical features attributed to second-order transitions such as scaling or universality remained to be asserted, thus demanding for further investigations. ca
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dc.language.iso eng ca
dc.publisher Universitat de les Illes Balears
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dc.subject 53 - Física ca
dc.title Robustness of Plant-Pollinator Mutualistic Networks to Phenological Mismatches ca
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis ca
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion 2018-05-17T10:36:17Z info:eu-repo/date/embargoEnd/2050-01-01
dc.embargo 2050-01-01
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