Network structure and biodiversity loss in food webs: robustness increases with connectance

Jennifer A. Dunne, Richard J. Williams, Neo D. Martinez

Ecology Letters Volume 5, Issue 4, pages 558–567, July 2002

DOI: 10.1046/j.1461-0248.2002.00354.x

Used by the Diversify project

This paper proposes a metric for the robustness of relations in ecological network. The metric is based on different models of extinction for one level in the network and on the analysis of this extinction on other levels. DIVERSIFY adapts this metric to evaluate the impact of random failures and systematic attacks on software servers.