Department of Ecology & Evolution, Computation Institute, and the College
During the past decade, Stefano Allesina has developed methods to predict the effects of extinctions in natural communities, investigated which forces and principles are responsible for the shape of ecological networks, and studied ways to partition networks into their principal components. This research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and has led to publications in such top international journals as Science, PLoS Biology, and Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.
As an assistant professor, Allesina has been building a laboratory focused on new mathematical and computational techniques for ecological research. He has expanded his interests in several directions, including a research program aimed at explaining how a large number of “competitors” (e.g., trees in a forest) can coexist without driving each other extinct.
Allesina recently received a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation to model the way scientific discoveries are communicated and to develop a framework to identify more efficient models for peer review, potentially leading to changes associated with scientific publishing and funding.
Allesina received both his PhD in ecology (2005) and his BS in environmental sciences (2001) from the University of Parma, Italy.
Allesina joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2010.