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Carlos Melian

  • Researcher and group leader
  • Center for Ecology, Evolution and Biogeochemistry, ETH-EAWAG
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Recent publications

  • Effects of two traits of the ecological state equation on our understanding of species coexistence and ecosystem services

    • Rodríguez R
    • Delgado J
    • Herrera A
    • et al.
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  • Food web structure and habitat loss

    • Melian C
    • Bascompte J
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Professional experience

Researcher and group leader

Center for Ecology, Evolution and Biogeochemistry, ETH-EAWAG

July 2010 - Present

Postdoctoral research fellow

Microsoft research Ltd. at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California

Postdoctoral research fellow

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California

MSc degree in Environmental Sciences

University of Alcala


University of Alcala, Madrid (Department of Ecology), and Spanish research council (Doñana Biological Station)


Brief sketch My scientific career started reading a classic book from Prof. Ramon Margalef (Margalef R. 1980. La biosfera: entre la termodinámica y el juego. Ed. Omega, Barcelona. 236 pp; The biosphere: between thermodynamics and game). Prof. Ramon Margalef was an extraordinary scientist with an infinite number of ideas and creativity ( I have been lucky to interact during my studies at University of Alcala, Madrid, with fantastic researchers that have influenced me a lot in understanding the scientific process. Just to name a few, Dr. Antonio Gomez Sal, Dr. Miguel A. Rodriguez, Dr. Jose M. Nicolau, Dr. Jose M. Naredo, and the great Jose M. Montoya. With Jose M. Montoya, I still have several fascinating discussions that started around 1994 at Alcala, Madrid. I started in 2000 my PhD. in the Biological Doñana Station in Seville, Spain, under the supervision of Dr. Jordi Bascompte, a magician who taught me the similarities between science and art. During my PhD. I also had the influence of Dr. Pedro Jordano, Dr. Carlos M. Herrera, and Miguel A. Fortuna. Miguel strongly influenced me to use Linux and open source code. Since then I have been enjoying the incredible progress of the open source community, specially in the context of scientific software. In 2005 I joined the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) as a Postdoctoral fellowship. This has been the greatest scientific experience in my life! I do not have space to name all the people that influenced me during this stage. Most of my current view of the scientific process and my current understanding of science as a social process is due to my experience at NCEAS. At NCEAS, I had the feeling I had the opportunity to think big! I also realized that science should be fun, cooperative, risky and reproducible. In 2010 I got a tenure-track position at the Center for Ecology, Evolution and Biogeochemistry in Kastanienbaum, Switzerland. The center is located in a beautiful area in the shore of the Lake Lucerne. Research focus I am broadly interested in the scientific method with special attention in testing models combining information criteria and large datasets. My research questions generally focus in the integration of highly heterogeneous data at different biological levels and spatial scales using mainly stochastic modeling. During the last years my research has focused in the development and test of ecological and evolutionary network models using fossil, historical and contemporary data. One of my dreams is to unify the fascinating details of biological systems in a general and testable framework.


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