Nearly 50 years ago Robert May sparked the “diversity-stability debate” in ecology. May’s work centres on the so-called community matrix covering the stability of large ecological communities. Assuming that this matrix has random entries May claims that an increased number of species promotes instability. As a consequence of this work a decade-long debate has ensued, leading to hundreds of...
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