There continues to be a lack of clarity of the role of interaction strengths in stabilizing ecological communities. Most of the empirical and theoretical work done suggests a predominance of weak links. Strongly coupled species tend to have oscillatory or pseudo-oscillatory interactions, but weak links to stable species may tend to dampen, or reduce the amplitude, of the oscillations. The extent to which this is true, given a large and complex network of a species-rich system, remains unknown. Perhaps one way to explore this is to examine network robustness, CEG-style, while manipulating interaction strengths in the following way:
- Topological extinction with no link strengths, i.e. all links are of equal and static strength.
- Current CEG-style link strengths, where in-link strengths for a species are all equal. Strengths would be static.
- Same as above, but strengths are now dynamic, reflecting compensation for lost links.
- Same as previous two options, but now repeat with -distributed link strengths, both static and dynamic.