Allesina λab Theoretical ecology & more

Metapopulations with memory

Richard Levins has written some of my all-time favorite papers. In 1969, when he was at the University of Chicago, he studied a simple model for metapopulation (a population of populations) dynamics. The model shares the same for as the Susceptible-Infected-Susceptible model in epidemiology, and both can be turned in a model for a population gro... Read more

Intraspecific variation in Lotka-Volterra

The Lotka-Volterra predator-prey model is one of the four models we teach all of our students (along with exponential growth, logistic growth, and competitive LV). It was proposed a century ago by Alfred J. Lotka (in this paper, published in 1920) and re-discovered by Vito Volterra in 1926. In a new preprint$^1$, Carlos, Zach and I show that wh... Read more

Talk for Princeton Biophysics

One of the few silver linings of the pandemic is the fact that seminars tend to be recorded. Here’s a talk I gave for the seminar series of the Center for the Physics of Biological Function at Princeton. Read more

Teaching in Brazil

Here are four lectures I have delivered in Sao Paulo for this school. You can find the lecture notes here. Read more

Looking for a postdoc

Postdoctoral position — Allesina Laboratory, University of Chicago The Allesina laboratory at the University of Chicago is looking for a postdoc, with a starting date of October 1st, 2020 (or later). The interests of the laboratory include ecological networks (food webs, mutualistic, competitive networks), community ecology, and theoretical eco... Read more