Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

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Dr Y.A. (Yael) Artzy-Randrup

Assistant Professor
  • Faculty of Science
    Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics
  • Visiting address
    Science Park A
    Science Park 904  Room number: C4.167
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  94240
    1090 GE  Amsterdam

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I am an Assistant Professor in Theoretical Ecology at the Department Theoretical and Computational Ecology (TCE) in the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), and a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


Areas of research:

Theoretical ecology, Evolutionary theory, Infectious diseases, Network theory and Complex systems

I am broadly interested in questions ranging from population dynamics to evolutionary theory. My research addresses questions at the interface of ecology and evolution, where complex interactions act on multiple levels of organization and at varying time scales. In many cases drivers of biological change are difficult to trace, and they integrate in ways that are poorly understood.  One field where there is an increasing realization of the significance of interactions between ecology and evolution is in the study of infectious diseases. I have been studying malaria and its parasite, P. falciparum, which present a unique framework for extending general theories with evolutionary aspects and the inclusion of temporal processes. The short time scales at which ecological and evolutionary processes take place, the increasing availability and richness of data from multiple scales, and the increasing accessibility to computational power and informatics tools, now make it possible to address questions on ecological and evolutionary feedbacks, creating unprecedented opportunities us to set foundation for new integrative theories.

      Other areas of interest and previous work included the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, metapopulation dynamics, dynamics of structured populations and the study of multi-scale systems. The approaches I take in my work stem from my interdisciplinary background, incorporating a combination of top-down and bottom-up mathematical and computational approaches, tools from network theory, nonlinear dynamics and complex systems.



Spatial processes in ecology and evolution
Modeling and simulation
The empirical cycle


  • Day, K. P., Artzy-Randrup, Y., Tiedje, K. E., Rougeron, V., Chen, D. S., Rask, T. S., ... Pascual, M. (2017). Evidence of strain structure in Plasmodium falciparum var gene repertoires in children from Gabon, West Africa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114(20), E4103-E4111. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1613018114  [details] 



  • Artzy-Randrup, Y., & Pascual, M. (2014). Composite temporal strategies in pathogen evolution: balancing invasion and persistence. Theoretical Ecology, 7(4), 325-334. DOI: 10.1007/s12080-014-0221-0  [details] 


  • Artzy-Randrup, Y. A. (2016). Inferring transmission mode of white plague-like coral disease from its spatio-temporal pattern. Poster session presented at NAEM, .
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