Talks by Ricardo Garcia

How can statistical mechanics help ecology?

Ricardo Garcia ICTP- SAIFR International Centre for Theoretical Physics - South American Institute for Fundamental Research

Statistical mechanics is the branch of physics that explains how macroscopic properties of matter emerge from the behavior of its microscopic constituents. Population ecology studies how and why populations change over time and space, primarily due to the interaction among individuals and between individuals and the environment where they thrive. Although seemingly very different, both disciplines aim to explain large-scale phenomena based on a description of their underlying drivers, and statistical mechanics tools have been largely used to formalize population ecology.