My full name is Jorge Hidalgo Aguilera. I was born in Córdoba in 1987 and I grew up in Almedinilla (Córdoba).

 I am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Physics of the University of Padua, coordinated by Amos Maritan. I studied Physics in the University of Granada during 2005-2010, and I did my PhD during 2010-2014 in the Group of Satistical Physics of the same university with Miguel Á. Muñoz.

I work in the theoretical study of emergent patterns in living systems using tools of statistical physics and stochastic processes. Some of the topics of my research are:

  • Self-organized criticality in living systems: many aspects of living systems may be poised at the vicinity of a critical point, taking advantage of the properties typical of critical systems (free-scale behaviour, high sensibility to external stimuli…). Still, it is not clear if such criticality has emerged from an evolutionary/adaptive process, or otherwise it is an artefact of the (in many cases) simple models we use to describe the observed complex behaviour.

  • Impact of environmental noise in population dynamics: Species fitness usually depend on external conditions, that in many cases can be highly variable rather than constant. Studying simple individual-based models, I analyse how environmental fluctuations shape different aspects of populations, as for instance the biodiversity of a community and its robustness.

  • Bet-hedging strategies: individuals or communities of individuals living in unpredictable environments often alternate between different evolutionary strategies to spread and reduce risks, commonly referred to as “bet-hedging”. I study general models to analyse the role that different aspects, such as the variability and correlation of the environment and demographic fluctuations, have in the emergence of bet-hedging strategies.

  • Eco/Evolutionary dynamics: evolutionary and ecological processes are usually treated as separated processes, operating at different time scales. However, in many situations there is an interplay between both mechanisms, as for instance in the observed rapid phenotypic diversification of some ecosystems, and its study requires to integrate aspects of niche-based and neutral theories.

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