Frederic Bartumeus

Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals & Centre for Advanced Studies of Blanes

Life & Medical Sciences

Frederic Bartumeus is an ICREA Research Professor in Computational and Theoretical Ecology at the Centre for Advanced Studies of Blanes (CEAB-CSIC) since November 2013. He also holds the same status at CREAF since 2016. He holds a MSc in Plankton Ecology (1997), and a PhD in Biological Sciences (2005) from the University of Barcelona, Spain, where he applied random walk and generalized diffusion theory to develop animal search theory. He joined the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, USA (2006-2009), where he went in depth on the stochastic modeling of animal movement and dispersal. Back to Spain, he completed his postdoctoral research on vector-borne diseases at the Institut Català del Clima (IC3). With a Ramón y Cajal position (2010) he founded his own lab, the Movement Ecology Laboratory, focused on animal movement (including humans) and search strategies, disease vectors, and computational ecology.

Research interests

My research is focused in the emerging field of movement ecology, which aims to reveal the complex forces that drive movement and dispersal patterns of animals (including humans). Improved tracking technology (GPS, bio-loggers, smart-phones) demands an integrative view, with new computational tools and modeling frameworks to understand unprecedented levels of detail from a constantly growing number of species. I am contributing to this scientific revolution based on a broad, highly collaborative and interdisciplinary research program, founded solidly on statistical physics and quantitative ecology. A central question in my research is how animals use information and their motor properties to optimize search strategies. The mechanistic linkage between behavioral processes and movement patterns is also key to understanding globalised problems such as the perpetuation of social inequality among humans or the spread of vector-borne infectious diseases.

Selected publications

– Eritja R & Bartumeus F 2018. ‘Mosquitos invasores a través de la mira del teléfono: contexto, retos y oportunidades’, Boletín SEEA (Sociedad Española de Entomología Aplicada) nº3.

Bartumeus F, Oltra A & Palmer JRB 2018, ‘Citizen Science: A Gateway for Innovation in Disease-Carrying Mosquito Management?’, Trends in Parasitology, 34, 9, 727 – 729.

– Palmer JRB, Brocklehurst M, Tyson E, Bowser A, Pauwels E & Bartumeus F 2018, ‘Global Mosquito Alert‘. Chapter 15, pp. 210-215. In: Citizen Science: Innovation in open science, society and policy. (Eds.) Susanne Hecker, Muki Haklay, Anne Browser, Zen Makuch, Johannes Vogel, and Aletta Bonn. UCL Press, London

– Several Authors, 2018 ‘Identificación del mosquito Aedes japonicus en Asturias.’ ERR Evaluación Rápida de Riesgo. Centro de Coordinación de Alertas y Emergencias Sanitarias. Ministerio de Sanidad, Consumo y Bienestar Social (MSCBS).

Selected research activities

3 Awards:

Premi Ciutat Barcelona 2017 en Ciències de la Terra i Ambientals. Ajuntament de Barcelona.

Investigador Distinguido CSIC (2017-2018). Consell Superior d’Investigacions Científiques.

Ciencia en Acción. 1r Premi en la categoria de Continguts Educatius de Ciència en Format Interactiu. Consell Superior d’Investigacions Científiques, l’Institut de Ciències Matemàtiques, la Reial Societat Espanyola de Física, la Reial Societat Espanyola de Química, la Societat Espanyola de Bioquímica i Biologia Molecular, la Societat Geològica d’Espanya, i la Universitat Nacional d’Educació a Distància.

Visiting Researcher at the ASPEN Centre for Physics. Workshop: The Physics of Behaviour: Movement, Control and Learning (Organizers: G.Berman, S.Palmer, G.Stephens). 4-8 June, Colorado, USA

Workshop organization: Physics and Ecology: Challenges at the Frontier. XXXIV Scientific Meetings in the Mediterranean. 7-11 October,  Menorca, Spain.

Teaching: Complexity Science. Master on Computational Biomedical Engineering (UPF). Oct-Nov 2018