Quantitative Characterization of Biodiversity in Macro-biomes: a Statistical Physics Approach

Università degli Studi di Padova - Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia
October 09 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The post-doc will investigate the proceses that shape macrobiomes biodiversity and disentangle the roles played by both ecosystem self-organization processes and endogenous environmental ones. He/She will have knowledge in statistical physics, stochastic processes, complex-system theory together with ability in programming and data analysis. In particular he/she will:

1) Perform a characterization of the biodiversity of the huma macro-biome communities (mouth, skin, gut, ...) by calculating different quantitative biodiversity indexes.

2 Perform a taxonomic (species level) characterizations of the biodiversity of the human macro-biome by up-scaling to the analyzed data through a theoretical framework recently developed by our group.

3. Develop meta-community stochastic modeling of species abundance dynamics that will allow us to compute a series of ecological patterns

This job comes from a partnership with Science Magazine and Euraxess