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New Tool for Analyzing Ecosystem Networks

Thursday, October 30, 2014
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A new paper in Methods in Ecology and Evolution, co-authored by Harvard Forest post-doctoral fellow Matthew Lau and collaborators at UNC-Wilmington, introduces a new toolkit for ecosystem analysis of complex systems, including food webs and insect mutualisms. The freely available software package, called enaR, was designed to integrate with existing packages in the popular R software for statistical computing and graphics. In addition to permitting the analysis of complex ecological functions and dynamics, enaR includes a library of 100 ecosystem models and facilitates comparison and visualization of multiple models simultaneously. The package promotes individual optimization and future collaborative development of ecological theory and analytical software. 

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