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Understanding food web dynamics: Ignoring generalists is leading us astray

Our understanding of food web dynamics has come a long way since Bob Paine reinvigorated the study of species interaction networks.  Our mathematical theory for predator-prey interactions and food web stability in particular has progressed in leaps-and-bounds.  Nevertheless, I will argue that we — as both theoreticians and empiricists — are largely ignoring the interactions of generalist predators by assuming that the (more feasible) study of specialist predators will suffice.  Despite my academic grandfather’s call for man

ANISEED 2015: a digital framework for the comparative developmental biology of ascidians.

Brozovic M, Martin C, Dantec C, Dauga D, Mendez M, Simion P, Percher M, Laporte B, Scornavacca C, Di Gregorio A et al..  2016.  ANISEED 2015: a digital framework for the comparative developmental biology of ascidians.. Nucleic acids research. 44(D1):D808-18.

Effects of shoreline armoring on beach wrack subsidies to the nearshore ecotone in an estuarine fjord.

Heerhartz SM, Dethier MN, Toft JD, Cordell JR, Ogston AS.  2014.  Effects of shoreline armoring on beach wrack subsidies to the nearshore ecotone in an estuarine fjord.. Estuaries and Coasts. 37

Preference Alters Consumptive Effects of Predators: Top- Down Effects of a Native Crab on a System of Native and Introduced Prey

Grason EW, Sweedler JV, Sane SP.  2012.  Preference Alters Consumptive Effects of Predators: Top- Down Effects of a Native Crab on a System of Native and Introduced Prey. PLoSONE. 7(12)

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