Electronic versions



  • Tomas Roslin
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Michael Traugott
    University of Innsbruck
  • Mattias Jonsson
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Graham N. Stone
    University of Edinburgh
  • Simon Creer
  • William O.C. Symondson
    Cardiff University
In the last paragraph of the Origin of Species, Darwin (1859) marvels at the diversity of life forms, the complexity of links between them, and the forces creating this “tangled bank”. In this text, we may see the origins of community ecology – today defined as ‘the study of the interactions that determine the distribution and abundance of organisms’ (Krebs, 2009). To capture and quantify the key elements of this concept of community structure, we may conveniently describe communities as ecological networks (Hagen et al. 2012). In such networks, the nodes are formed by species (or other taxonomic units) and the links by their interactions (Gravel et al., 2018).


  • antagonistic interactions, assembly processes, community ecology, ecological interaction networks, food webs, mutualistic interactions, species interactions
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-164
JournalMolecular Ecology
Issue number2
Early online date12 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Total downloads

No data available
View graph of relations