Ecology and Evolution of Species-Rich Interaction Networks

  • Rafael Luís Galdini Raimundo
  • Flavia Maria Darcie Marquitti
  • Cecilia Siliansky de Andreazzi
  • Mathias Mistretta Pires
  • Paulo Roberto GuimarãesJr


The perception that the complexity of tropical ecological interactions is both a product of evolutionary processes and a feedstock for evolution lies at the origin of Evolutionary Ecology. We now have the opportunity to revisit this foundational perception to gain insight into the processes shaping biodiversity structure and ecosystem functioning. Such an opportunity arises from the ongoing theoretical integration between ecological and evolutionary theories, alongside with the application of the network approach to characterize the structure and dynamics of multi-species communities. In this chapter, we focus on the fundamental aspects of ecological, evolutionary, and eco-evolutionary theories underlying the network approach to the study of multi-species systems, such as megadiverse tropical communities. Together, these perspectives illustrate the challenges we shall face in the decades to come in order to take advantage of ongoing theoretical integration, the gradual accumulation of data on tropical interactions, and the availability of robust analytical and computational tools to enlighten the processes shaping biodiversity.



The São Paulo State Research Foundation (FAPESP) supported RLGR (grant #2014/21106-4), MMP (grant #2013/22016-6), FMDM (grants 2015/11985-3 and #2016/00635-4), and PRGJr (grant #2009/54422-8). RLGR was also supported by CAPES/Brazilian Ministry of Education and PRGJr was also supported by CNPq/Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rafael Luís Galdini Raimundo
    • 1
    • 2
  • Flavia Maria Darcie Marquitti
    • 3
  • Cecilia Siliansky de Andreazzi
    • 4
  • Mathias Mistretta Pires
    • 2
  • Paulo Roberto GuimarãesJr
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Engenharia e Meio Ambiente and Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ecologia e Monitoramento AmbientalCentro de Ciências Aplicadas e Educação, Universidade Federal da ParaíbaRio TintoBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de EcologiaInstituto de Biociências, Universidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Departamento de Física da Matéria CondensadaInstituto de Física “Gleb Wataghin”, Universidade Estadual de CampinasCampinasBrazil
  4. 4.Fundação Oswaldo CruzRio de JaneiroBrazil

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