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Stefano Allesina, PhD

I am a theoretical ecologist studying mostly ecological networks. I am interested in the dynamics of large ecological communities, models for network structure, and the response of ecological communities to extinctions. My laboratory develops mathematical, computational and statistical tools for the analysis of ecological systems.

Università di Parma
Parma, Italy
PhD - Ecology
2005

Università di Parma
Parma, Italy
Laurea - Environmental Sciences
2001

Metapopulations with habitat modification.
Miller ZR, Allesina S. Metapopulations with habitat modification. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 12 07; 118(49).
PMID: 34857638

Local stability properties of complex, species-rich soil food webs with functional block structure.
de Castro F, Adl SM, Allesina S, Bardgett RD, Bolger T, Dalzell JJ, Emmerson M, Fleming T, Garlaschelli D, Grilli J, Hannula SE, de Vries F, Lindo Z, Maule AG, Öpik M, Rillig MC, Veresoglou SD, Wall DH, Caruso T. Local stability properties of complex, species-rich soil food webs with functional block structure. Ecol Evol. 2021 Nov; 11(22):16070-16081.
PMID: 34824812

Tractable models of ecological assembly.
Serván CA, Allesina S. Tractable models of ecological assembly. Ecol Lett. 2021 May; 24(5):1029-1037.
PMID: 33773006

Publisher Correction: Predicting coexistence in experimental ecological communities.
Maynard DS, Miller ZR, Allesina S. Publisher Correction: Predicting coexistence in experimental ecological communities. Nat Ecol Evol. 2020 Feb; 4(2):281.
PMID: 31919464

Predicting coexistence in experimental ecological communities.
Maynard DS, Miller ZR, Allesina S. Predicting coexistence in experimental ecological communities. Nat Ecol Evol. 2020 01; 4(1):91-100.
PMID: 31844191

Transcriptome resilience predicts thermotolerance in Caenorhabditis elegans.
Jovic K, Grilli J, Sterken MG, Snoek BL, Riksen JAG, Allesina S, Kammenga JE. Transcriptome resilience predicts thermotolerance in Caenorhabditis elegans. BMC Biol. 2019 12 10; 17(1):102.
PMID: 31822273

Ecological networks: Pursuing the shortest path, however narrow and crooked.
Costa A, Martín González AM, Guizien K, Doglioli AM, Gómez JM, Petrenko AA, Allesina S. Ecological networks: Pursuing the shortest path, however narrow and crooked. Sci Rep. 2019 11 28; 9(1):17826.
PMID: 31780703

Phenotypic variability promotes diversity and stability in competitive communities.
Maynard DS, Serván CA, Capitán JA, Allesina S. Phenotypic variability promotes diversity and stability in competitive communities. Ecol Lett. 2019 Nov; 22(11):1776-1786.
PMID: 31373160

Gene regulatory network stabilized by pervasive weak repressions: microRNA functions revealed by the May-Wigner theory.
Chen Y, Shen Y, Lin P, Tong D, Zhao Y, Allesina S, Shen X, Wu CI. Gene regulatory network stabilized by pervasive weak repressions: microRNA functions revealed by the May-Wigner theory. Natl Sci Rev. 2019 Nov; 6(6):1176-1188.
PMID: 34691996

Telling ecological networks apart by their structure: A computational challenge.
Michalska-Smith MJ, Allesina S. Telling ecological networks apart by their structure: A computational challenge. PLoS Comput Biol. 2019 06; 15(6):e1007076.
PMID: 31246974

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BSD Distinguished Investigator
University of Chicago
2018

CAREER Award
National Science Foundation
2012