Miguel Lurgi

Miguel Lurgi

Postdoctoral Researcher

Computer Scientist

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the CNRS Experimental and Theoretical Ecology Station at Moulis. My main research focus is on the eco-evolutionary mechanisms involved in the assembly of complex ecological networks in meta-community contexts. I do this from a theoretical perspective, using empirical data from real complex communities to test theoretical predictions. Within this framework I am particularly interested in the application of individual based models that consider individual adaptation through evolution to construct a comprehensive body of theory that will allow to (1) study the formation (assembly) of complex communities from an evolutionary perspective and (2) to predict the effects of disturbances on these communities (disassembly) considering the dynamic responses that the community or a set of interconnected local communities y a meta-community might be able to show once a given perturbation(s) has occurred.

Before coming here I was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Adelaide, in Australia. I developed complex food web and meta-population/meta-community models, to understand top-down regulation by the dingo (Canis lupus dingo) and to invasive species management at the landscape/regional spatial scales.

I completed my PhD jointly and the Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Department of Marine Biology and Oceanography at the Institute for Marine Sciences, in Barcelona, Spain. My research revolved around the assembly and disassembly dynamics in ecological networks; focusing on the effects of climate change on food web structure, the relationship among components of stability, and the stability of spatially explicit communities with a mixture of interaction types.

As a computer scientist, particularly interested in artificial intelligence techniques for the design and engineering of intelligent systems, I believe that agent-based systems can be successfully applied to the simulation of complex ecological systems of this kind. I am generally interested in tackling the study of complex ecological systems by applying individual/agent based techniques and dynamical systems approaches to modeling natural communities and ultimately the networks of interactions observed among its constituent species.

I got my BSc in Computer Engineering from the Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela (2003); and I hold a MSc in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems from the University of Sussex, UK (2005). I also completed a MSc by Research in Simulation of Multi-agent Ecological Systems at the School of Informatics of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (2011).

I have been a visiting research fellow at Trinity College Dublin working with Dr Ian Donohue at the School of Natural Sciences; and at the Microsoft Research Computational Ecology Lab, in Cambridge, UK, where I collaborated with Dr Lucas Joppa. I was looking into the assembly of microbial communities and the effects of biological invasions on complex ecological communities, respectively.