Models of ecological communities: genericity and criticality

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Seminar
QUEST Center event
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Speaker
Guy Bunin
Date
24/04/2018 - 11:30 - 10:30
Place
Resnick (Bldg. 209) 2nd floor seminar room
Abstract

Theoretical models are central to how we think of ecosystems, and yet in many aspects remain poorly understood. We identify a small number of parameters that are sufficient to predict the large-scale properties of a wide variety ecological-community models. These parameters thus play a role similar to temperature and pressure in thermodynamics. We go on to study the generic model that emerges, and describe its phases, including a critical phase where all states are marginally stable.