At CREAF we want to know how biodiversity is generated and maintained in ecosystems.
Interactions between speciesThe existence of each organism inevitably modifies the environment in which it lives. As a consequence, this can indirectly or directly effect all other living beings in the ecosystem. Competition, predation, parasitism, or mutualism are only some examples of species interactions which are found in nature.
One of the greatest challenges when studying biological interactions is the construction of models which explain interaction networks. These models, based on real data from the field, allow the formulation of predictions on how these can affect the ecosystem, for example, the loss of a pollinizer species or the introduction of a new game species.