In a new paper, Carlos, José, Jacopo, Kent and I tackle this simple problem: if we take a Lotka-Volterra system with random parameters, and let the dynamics elapse, how big will the final, persistent community be?
You can read the paper here:
Carlos A. Serván, José A. Capitán, Jacopo Grilli, Kent E. Morrison & Stefano Allesina
Coexistence of many species in random ecosystems
Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2018
I’ve written a short blog post for Nature Ecology & Evolution Community, telling the story behind the paper, which you can read here.