epidemic spreading, disease propagation in the sea, movement of marine megafauna
Research Area 1: Improved understanding of epidemic and emerging infectious animal diseases
The study of epidemic spreading is a paradigmatic example of the applacation of the theory of complex systems. During the last decades, the field has analyzed how interactions, movement modes and the dynamics of contagion fueled the spreading of diseases or on the contrary can be used to control them. While the focus has been on humans and thus human mobility and contact networks, the study of disease propagation in the sea offers the opportunity to tailor the advances to the movement under the sea and, at the same time demands further development, as for example the movement in a three-dimensional space. Our expertise in the study of the movement of marine megafauna from the local to the global scale adds expertise to the topic.
The Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC) is a joint research unit between the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). IFISC was created in 2007, being the only Spanish institute specifically devoted to research in Complex Systems and playing a European leading role in the field. IFISC was accredited in 2018 with the Unit of Excellence Maria de Maeztu by the Spanish Research Agency (AEI) as one of the most innovative centers in scientific research in Spain. The backbone of IFISC’s research is the study of generic phenomena in nonlinear physics and complex systems. Specific research projects cover a range of applications in different fields: Quantum Technologies, Information and Communication Technologies, Earth Sciences, Life Sciences and Social Sciences