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PHYSICS AND ECOLOGY: Challenges at the frontier. XXXIV Scientific meetings in the Mediterranean. -Josep Miquel Vidal- Menorca, 9-11th October 2018

Scientists, historians and analysts agree that most likely XXI will be the century of Biology. The augment of the technological capacity to obtain and manage large volumes of data from biological systems should lead biology and, in particular ecology, towards a new theoretical sphere, increasingly grounded on principles and general mechanisms.

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In this transition, physics will play an essential role for its capacity for abstract and fundamental reasoning. At the frontier between biology and physics, this revolution is already under way. The significant increase in the availability of data has already put forward relevant quantitative advances on several biological disciplines, among them ecology, ranging from the study of ecosystem functioning to population and behavioral ecology. However, and due to the complexity of the issues that arise, this revolution requires a great deal of synthesis and conceptualization.

This meeting aims to be a meeting point for researchers living in this stimulating frontier, so that they offer us their points of view and the keys that must mark these challenges for the future.




Mercedes Pascual, Andreas Huth, Jens Krause, Gonzalo de Polavieja.
Mercedes Pascual, Andreas Huth, Jens Krause, Gonzalo de Polavieja.


  • Population and community dynamics (resilience, transitions, the logistic model, early-warning predictions, infectious diseases, diversity, environmental and climate-induced fluctuations)
  • Ecological complex systems (collective phenomena, leadership, group formation, fusion-fission dynamics, information flows, movement patterns, ecological networks)
  • Movement ecology (space use, exploration, migration, quantitative methods, conservation biology)


  • The cost of the registration is 140€ for senior researchers and 70€ for students. Complete the form: Deadline: September 30th 2018.
  • Contributions: send an email in Word format or Latex (download templates) to:,  indicating type of contribution (oral, poster) , and name and affiliation of the authors. Deadline extended: September 1st  2018 (oral contributions) and September 15th (posters).


Can Victori – Seu de l’Institut Menorquí d’Estudis
Camí des Castell, 28, 07702 Maó (Menorca, Illes Balears).
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11:45 – 12:00 OPENING
12:00 – 13:00 Introductory talk
13:00 – 14:30 LUNCH
14:30 – 14:55 Talk: J. Borge (Coexisting patterns in n-dimensional ecosystems)
14:55 – 15:20 Talk: D. Gomila (Pattern formation in Posidonia Oceanica meadows)
15:20 – 15:45 Talk: F. Cao (Spatial scales of population synchrony: effects of competition, predation, and harvesting)
15:45 – 16:15 COFFEE BREAK
16:15 – 16:40 Talk: E. Hernández-García (Modeling the connectivity of marine populations by Lagrangian flow networks)
16:40 – 17:05 Talk: G. Bunin (Models of ecological communities: genericity and collective phenomena)
17:05 – 17:30 Talk: J. Fernández (Inferring social relations from presence data. Manta Rays case study)
09:00 – 09:50 Keynote talk: Jens Krause
09:50 – 10:15 Talk: M. Lukovic (Sub-diffusive behaviour of benthic copepods – evidence for active counter-current swimming and drift avoidance in advective media)
10:15 – 10:40 Talk: C. Marrasé (Small-scale physical-ecological interactions in the ocean: The case of turbulence and plankton)
10:40 – 11:30 COFFEE & POSTERS
11:30 – 12:20 Keynote talk: Andreas Huth
12:20 – 12:45 Talk: J. Alòs (How ecology shapes optimal collective searching behaviour in uninformed human foragers)
12:45 – 13:10 Talk: G.M. Palamara (A stochastic age-structured population model to quantify sublethal effects of pesticides on Daphnia clonal populations)
13:15 – 14:30 LUNCH
14:30 – 15:20 Keynote talk: Gonzalo Polavieja
15:20 – 15:45 Talk: G. Madirolas (Predicting the outcome of chemotaxis without behavioral details)
15:45 – 16:10 Talk: E. Colombo (Species mixing determines predators’ optimal perception range and coexistence times in predator-prey dynamics)
16:10 – 16:35 Talk: J. Lukas (‘La Olá’ waves of the sulphur molly: integration of multiple predator cues in an extreme environment)
16:35 – 17:00 Talk: A. Campos (A mechanistic framework linking behaviour with dynamic energy budgets to test personality-dependent movement behaviour)
17:30– 21:30 SOCIAL EVENT & DINNER
09:00 – 9:50 Keynote talk: Mercedes Pascual
09:50 – 10:15 Talk: A. Dobson (Joining the Dots – Using Generalized Consumer Resource Model to understand the dynamics of two large terrestrial ecosystems: Serengeti and Yellowstone)
10:15 – 10:40 Talk: V. Baulin and M. Werner (Machine learning methods in ecology: a new field for physicists)
10:40 – 11:05 Talk: J.A. Capitán (Coexistence of many species in large ecosystems: The problem of the random zoo)
11:05 – 11:35 COFFEE BREAK & POSTERS



David Alonso, Frederic Bartumeus, Daniel Campos, Vicenç Mendez, Maria Del Carmen Miguel, Daniel Oro.

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