Welcome to the Maritan Lab


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I am an assistant professor (RTDa) 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

[Sept 2017] -Stability and Adaptation in Ecological Mutualistic Communities , International Summer School of Complex Networks, Salina, Sicily (IT)
[January 2017] -L'organizzazione che nasce dalla cooperazione, University of Udine, Italy

Teaching Activities

[February-June 2018] - Statistical Physics of Complex System, Department of Mathematics Engineering, University of Padova.
[February-June 2018] - Modern Physics part B: Foundation of Quantum Mechanics, Mathematics Department, University of Padova.

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)

A Tovo, S Suweis, M Formentin, M Favretti, I Volkov, J. Banavar, S. Azaele and A. Maritan, Upscaling Species Richness and Abundances in Tropical Forests Science Advance (2017).

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).


SID (strategic departmental investments) 2017 Grant: Quantitative Characterization of Biodiversity in Macro-biomes: a Statistical Physics Approach, funded by the University of Padova.

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.