Structural stability has played a major role in several fields such as evolutionary developmental biology, in which it has brought the view that some morphological structures are more common than others because they are compatible with a wider range of developmental conditions. In community ecology, structural stability is the sort of framework needed to study the consequences of global environmental change—by definition, large and directional—on species coexistence. Structural stability will serve to assess both the range of variability a given community can withstand and why some community patterns are more widespread than others.
On the structural stability of mutualistic systems
Rudolf P. Rohr, Serguei Saavedra, Jordi Bascompte
Science 25 July 2014:
Vol. 345 no. 6195