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.
** Opening Soon **
In the beginning of January a position for a highly qualified postdoc from the area of Complex Systems will be opening, the project is in collaboration with the Future of Energy network at the Institute of Advanced Study.
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 foundations for new integrative theories.
Other areas of interest include the development of an integrated Eco-Evolutionary framework of Extinction Therapy for the eradication of Metastatic Cancer, and elimination of Multi-strain Pathogens, the study of multi-scale systems, dynamics of structured populations and metapopulation dynamics.
The approaches I take in my work stem from my interdisciplinary background, incorporating a combination of top-down and bottom-up Mathematical Models and Computational Agent-Based Stochastic Simulations, and tools from Network Theory, Complex Systems and Nonlinear Dynamics.
Dr. Martina Ferraguti, PostDoc.
Project description: Zoonotic Spillover and its dependency on combined multiple-host and multiple-vector dynamics. (as part of the Marie Curie fellowship will be hosted for 3 months by Prof. Andy Dobson at Princeton U.)
Sofie te Wierik, PhD candidate.
Project description: Governance of Green and Atmospheric water (co-supervisors: Prof. Joyeeta Gupta and Dr. Erik Cammeraat)
Claudia Meyer, PhD candidate.
Project description: A theoretical and experimental study of multiple-virus and multiple-plankton dynamics (co-supervisors: Prof. Jeff Huisman and Prof. Corina Brussaard)