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
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.