Theoretical and computational
ecology laboratory

Daniel Oro

Head of group

I am a CSIC Research Professor interested in studying how populations change in time and space depending on ecological drivers, including both biotic and abiotic factors. I am curious about why and when population dynamics become non-linear and why they deviate from the widely accepted logistic growth model and how dispersal processes affect these dynamics at local and non-local levels. I am interested in dispersal because it links uncertainty, information gathering and decision making at the spatial scale, and, more precisely, how sociality may trigger feedback responses and drive, at least partially, the non-linear responses of populations over time. This include how social feedbacks (e.g. information sharing, conformity) influence innovation, culture evolution, resilience of populations and the path to extinction when perturbations occur and growth rate becomes negative.

Part of those topics are summarized in a book that is hot off the presses: