Monday, January 23, 2023

ecosystem breakdown

Ecosystems are complex networks of interactions that can collapse when things go wrong. Researchers now have the options to study ecosystem collapses in computer models, in microbial test tube systems, and unfortunately also in major natural ecosystems like the Great Salt Lake (shown below), which are collapsing before our eyes. In my latest feature, I have collected examples of all three kinds of studies and looked for lessons regarding what to do:

When ecosystems collapse

Current Biology Volume 33, Issue 2, 23. January 2023, Pages R41-R44

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The receding water levels of the Great Salt Lake in Utah, USA, have left microbial reefs exposed to bleaching. (Photo: Wikicommons/Farragutful (CC BY-SA 4.0).)

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