Ecological networks - species connected based on some kind of interaction (predation, pollination, etc.) - allow us to analyse entire communities in a holistic way. We can use ecological networks to understand species within their community context. Many of our research projects use ecological networks to ask questions including: “Do species’ traits shape their roles within networks?”, “How strongly do food webs in the Baltic Sea change over gradients in temperature or other environmental properties?” and “Can we predict how threats such as habitat destruction will affect ecosystem services, based on their impact on food webs?”. Ecological networks are not, however, the only toolbox we use. We also use a variety of modelling approaches to tackle community ecology questions related to dispersal and coexistence.
We use ecological networks and other modelling approaches to address a variety of community ecology questions.