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Frederic Bartumeus

Frederic Bartumeus

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

Life & Medical Sciences

Since 2014 I have been an ICREA Research Professor in Computational and Theoretical Ecology at CEAB-CSIC and hold an associate research position at CREAF. I hold an MSc in plankton ecology (1997) and a PhD in Biological Sciences (2005) from the University of Barcelona, Spain. I joined the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University (USA) from 2006 to 2009. I completed my postdoctoral research on vector-borne diseases at the Institut Català del Clima (IC3). With a Ramón y Cajal position (2010), I founded my lab at CEAB-CSIC. Currently, it is a joint lab with other researchers named the Theoretical and Computational Ecology Group. In 2018, I was awarded as Distinguished Researcher by the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) and the City Council of Barcelona (Spain) Premi Ciutat Barcelona 2017. 


Research interests

Knowing how animals use the information to search and disperse in dynamic environments can generate direct applications (robotics, bioinformatics) and improve our baseline predictive power with consequences for fields as diverse as behavioural ecology, invasion ecology, or epidemiology. We are contributing to the sudden generation of massive, high-throughput animal movement and behavioural data in the context of vector-borne diseases with the use of novel technologies (internet, smartphones) and citizen participation. We also seek to understand organizational and dynamical principles of search behaviour by developing high-tech infrastructures for tracking movement behaviour at an unprecedented range of scales. More broadly, our work aims at building-up mechanistic links between animal behaviour, dispersal and population dynamics, including the development of data mining algorithms for behavioural annotation of high-resolution trajectories and biologging data, and spatial population modelling.

Selected publications

– Pataki BA, Garriga J, Eritja R, Palmer JRB, Bartumeus F & Csabai I 2021, ‘Deep learning identification for citizen science surveillance of tiger mosquitoes‘, Scientific Reports, 11, 1, 4718.

– Buldyrev SV, Raposo EP, Bartumeus F, Havlin S, Rusch FR, da Luz MGE & Viswanathan GM 2021, ‘Comment on “Inverse Square L évy Walks are not Optimal Search Strategies for d >= 2‘. Physical Review Letters 126, 048901.

– Eritja R, Delacour-Estrella S, Ruiz-Arrondo I, Gonzalez MA, Barcelo C, Garcia-Perez AL, Lucientes J, Miranda MA & Bartumeus F 2021, At the tip of an iceberg: citizen science and active surveillance collaborating to broaden the known distribution of Aedes japonicus in Spain, Parasites & Vectors, 14, 1, 375.

– Pages JF, Bartumeus F, Romero J & Alcoverro T 2021, ‘The scent of fear makes sea urchins go ballistic‘, Movement Ecology, 9, 1, 50.

– Treep J, de Jager M, Bartumeus F  & Soons MB 2021, ‘Seed dispersal as a search strategy: dynamic and fragmented landscapes select for multi-scale movement strategies in plants‘. Movement Ecology, 9, 4.

– Abourashed A, Doornekamp L, Escartin S, Koenraadt CJM, Schrama M, Wagener M, Bartumeus F & van Gorp ECM. 2021, ‘The Potential Role of School Citizen Science Programs in Infectious Disease Surveillance: A Critical Review‘, International Journal Of Environmental Research And Public Health, 18, 13, 7019.

– Ferreira J, Raposo EP, Araujo HA, Luz MGE, Viswanathan GM, Bartumeus F & Campos D 2021, ‘Landscape-scaled strategies can outperform Levy random searches‘, Physical Review E, 103, 2, 022105.


Selected research activities

I led the runner-up consortium (FARSEER) of the EIC Horizon Prize for Early Warning for Epidemics. Ended-up finalist in the second position. I worked on covid19 (work in process) on estimating contact rates on the age-structured Spanish population. The generated data can improve current models of covid19 in Spain. I contributed to two of the ‘White Books Scientific Challenges 2030’ depicting the next-decade research strategy of CSIC.

ICREA Memoir 2021