Bristol researcher wins British Ecological Society prize for best paper


Academic Kate P. Maia, from the University of Bristol has been awarded this year’s Elton Prize for their Journal of Animal Ecology paper.

In their study, Kate and colleagues used computer simulations to investigate how resistant plant-pollinator and plant-herbivore networks are to the loss of species. They found that when network structure was static, pollination networks were less resilient than herbivory networks. But when interaction rewiring was incorporated in the models, they showed that the structure of pollination networks enhanced resilience to extinctions.

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