Quantitative Ecology and Evolution

We are a small group at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics. Our main goal is to explore and understand how diversity is generated, organized, and mantained in ecological communities.

Most of our focus is on microbial communities, which we study with a deep and sincere synergy between theory-driven and data-driven approaches. By unveiling quantitative regularities in complex ecological data and by advancing the theoretical understanding of large interacting communities, we aim to determine how the ecological and evolutionary forces produce the stunning taxonomic and functional diversity that we observe on planet Earth.
Here is a more detailed description of our research interests.

We are part of the Quantitative Life Sciences section of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) located in Trieste, Italy.


August 28, 2023

Matteo's paper on correlation and phylogeny out in PNAS.

August 18, 2023

Fritz, Patricia, and Roaa succesfully defended their Diploma final project

June 19, 2023

Matteo succesfully defended his Ph.D.!

January 19, 2023

New preprint on genome vs gene sweeps in metacommunities on Biorxiv.

January 13, 2023

Matteo going back to Granada...

December 6, 2022

Samuele defended his master thesis

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