Mathematical Model Could Help Predict and Prevent Future Extinctions  US National Scie...  7 views

Garrett Eastman on 27 Jan 11Northwestern University scientists created a model to explore food web dynamics towards species conservation. "The goal of this project, funded by the National Science Foundation's Division of Mathematical Sciences, is to develop mathematical methods to study dynamical processes in complex networks. Although the specific application mentioned here may be useful in management of ecosystems, the mathematical foundation underlying the analysis is much more universal. The broad concept is innovative in the area of complex networks because it concludes that largescale failures can be avoided by focusing on preventing the waves of failure that follow the initial event."