Protecting the Food Web is Key to Animal Preservation
Ecosystems today face various threats, from climate change to invasive species to encroaching civilization. If we hope to protect these systems and the species that live in them, we must understand them — an extremely difficult and time-consuming task, given the world’s seemingly endless number of ecosystems, each with its own complex dynamics and relationships.
But what if we could pinpoint the most powerful players in a given food web, those “keystone” species without which the entire ecosystem would collapse? And what if we could predict how changes to one ecosystem would affect its various organisms based on data collected from another ecosystem half a world away?
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