Control of Tipping Points in Stochastic Mutualistic Complex Networks

Yu Meng* (Corresponding Author), Celso Grebogi

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Ecologically complex networks can exhibit a tipping point due to deteriorating conditions for species survival. It represents an extreme decline in abundance of species in a habitat. A number of random perturbations in actual ecological networks, such as demographic noise due to dynamic changes within populations and environmental noise due to external environmental disturbances, have a major effect in the tipping point dynamics. We propose a method to control the tipping point in pollinators-plants networks by controlling the decay rate of selected pollinator species. In this work, we show that the control delays the onset of the tipping point collapse and, additionally, it advances the recovery of species after the collapse. Our results are highly relevant for ecological habitats management.
Original languageEnglish
Article number023118
Number of pages11
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2021

Bibliographical note

Open Access through the AIP Agreement
YM was partically supported by the University of Aberdeen Elphinstone Fellowship.


  • ecological
  • stochasticity
  • mutualism tipping point
  • complex network control


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