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