Invited Seminar at CES on 14 April 2021 at 3:00 pm titled "What is typical in microbial communities?" by Dr. Jacopo Grilli from Quantitative Life Sciences, ICTP, Trieste, Italy

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What is typical in microbial communities?
Dr. Jacopo Grilli, Quantitative Life Sciences, ICTP, Trieste, Italy
Date & Time: 
14 Apr 2021 - 3:00pm
Event Type: 
Invited Seminar
Microsoft Teams

Microbial communities are highly dimensional, with many species and many variable environmental factors. Macroecology, which studies communities as statistical ensembles, is a promising way to connect these complex data to mechanistic models. In this talk, I will discuss a minimal set of macroecological patterns that characterize the statistical properties of species abundance fluctuations across communities and over time. A mathematical model based on environmental stochasticity quantitatively predicts these three macroecological laws, as well as non-stationary properties of community dynamics. Building on these results, it is possible to disentangle the (statistical) properties that determine ecosystems' stability over time and reproducibility across communities.

Speaker Bio: 
I am a biological physicist, with a background in statistical physics and strong experience in interdisciplinary projects and collaborations. Broadly speaking, I am interested in understanding complex phenomena starting from simple rules and minimal assumptions. Most of my research is at the interface between statistical physics and ecology, with a particular focus on coexistence, stability, and variability. I also work on different problems in genomics and cell physiology.