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I am a research scientist at the Physics and Astronomoy Department at the University of Padova. My work focuses on research at the interface of ecology, hydrology and complex systems under an theoretical framework provided by statistical mechanics. It addresses a wide range of related topics, including ecosystem organizations, ecological networks, stochastic modelling of ecosystems dynamics and hydrological processes, sustainability and ecosystems services. In particular we look for any ubiquitous patterns or universal scaling behavior in real systems, that are signals of emergent order despite the variety and complexity of the systems involved. I address the above and related topics from a comprehensive framework that include data mining, theoretical modeling (both computational and analytical) and statistical analysis.


Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, November 2011, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne (EPFL)
M.S., Physics, September 2008, University of Padova: GPA: 29.9/30; 110/110 cumlaude
B.S., Physics, September 2006, University of Padova: GPA: 28/30; 108/110

Recent visits

[February 2017] - Paolo D'Odorico@ Berkley, San Francisco, USA.
[December 2016] - Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, China
[November 2016] - M Cosentino Lagomarsino @ Villa Grumello, Como, Italy.

Recent talks

[January 2017] -L'organizzazione che nasce dalla cooperazione, University of Udine, Italy
[Sept 2016] -Upscalig Biodiversity, CCS2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Selected Publications

Sandro Azaele, Samir Suweis, Jacopo Grilli, Igor Volkov, Jayanth R Banavar, Amos Maritan. ,Statistical Mechanics of Ecological Systems: Neutral Theory and Beyond, Review of Modern Physics (2016)

S. Suweis, J. Grilli, J. Banavar, S. Allesina and A. Maritan, Effect of localization on the stability of mutualistic ecological networks, Nature Communications, 6,(2016).

S. Suweis, A. Rinaldo, A. Maritan and P. D'Odorico, , Resilience and Reactivity of Global Food Security, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 112, 22, pp. 6902-6907 (2015)

J. Hidalgo, J. Grilli, S. Suweis, J. Banavar, M. Munoz and A. Maritan, in press , Information Based Fitness and the Emergence of Criticality in Living Systems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 50(2014)

S. Suweis, F. Simini, J. Banavar and A. Maritan, Emergence of Structural and Dynamical Properties of Ecological Mutualistic Networks, Nature, 50, pp. 449-452 (2013).


Senior Research Grant (2013) Statistical Physics of Ecological Networks: from Patterns to Principles funded by the University of Padova within the Young Scholars Project - aimed at support innovative and excellent research proposed by young scientists. I was the PI and the writer of the project.