Frederic Bartumeus

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

Bartumeus F, Costa GB, Eritja R, Kelly AH, Finda M, Lezaun J, Okumu F, Quinlan MM, Thizy DC, Toe LP & Vaughan M 2019, ‘Sustainable innovation in vector control requires strong partnerships with communities’, Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases, 13, 4, e0007204.

– Schunter C, Pascual M, Raventos N, Garriga J, Garza JC, Bartumeus F & Macpherson E 2019, ‘A novel integrative approach elucidates fine-scale dispersal patchiness in marine populations’, Scientific Reports, 9, 10796.

– Kembro JM, Lihoreau M, Garriga J, Raposo EP & Bartumeus F 2019, ‘Bumblebees learn foraging routes through exploitation-exploration cycles’, Journal Of The Royal Society Interface, 16, 156, 20190103.

– Aspillaga E, Safi K, Hereu B & Bartumeus F 2019, ‘Modelling the three-dimensional space use of aquatic animals combining topography and Eulerian telemetry data’, Methods In Ecology And Evolution, 10, 9, 1551 – 1557.

– Eritja R, Ruiz-Arrondo I, Delacour-Estrella S, Schaffner F, Álvarez-Chachero J, Bengoa M, Puig MA, Melero-Alcíbar R, Oltra A, Bartumeus F 2019 ‘First detection of Aedes japonicus in Spain: an unexpected finding triggered by citizen science’, Parasites & Vectors, 12, 53.

Selected research activities

  • February 2019. Participation in the evaluation comitee of the Premi Ciutat Barcelona 2018 Ciències de la Terra i del Medi Ambient.
  • 3-4 October 2019. Organisation of the 1st PhD Ecology Symposium (national level) at CEAB-CSIC, Blanes, Spain. Web:
  • 25-27 March 2019. Organisation of an International Workshop (COST ACTION CA17108) entitled “Aedes Invasive Mosquitoes: Linking Citizen Science to Epidemiological Models” at CEAB-CSIC, Blanes, Spain. Web: