Michael Gastner: Complexity and Networks

Michael Gastner: Complexity and Networks

Dr Michael T. Gastner
Current address:
Institute of Technical Physics and Materials Science
Research Centre for Natural Sciences
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
P.O. Box 49, H-1525 Budapest, Hungary

Short biography:
I received my PhD in physics from the University of Michigan in 2005. For my thesis work I received the Wirt and Mary Cornwell Prize for having "demonstrated greatest intellectual curiosity, given most promise of original study and creative work". From 2005 until 2008 I was postdoctoral fellow at the Santa Fe Institute, a multi-disciplinary research centre in New Mexico, USA, devoted to the study of complex systems. In 2009, I was Computational Science Fellow of the Volkswagen Foundation at the Institute for the Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment at the University of Oldenburg, Germany. From 2009 until 2012 I was a Junior Research Fellow at Imperial College London, followed by a lectureship during the academic year 2012/3 in the University of Bristol's Department of Engineering Mathematics. Currently I am the recipient of a Marie Curie Fellowship by the European Commission working in the Complex Systems Group of MFA (Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science), Budapest.

Here is a video summarizing my latest research on bioinvasion caused by the worldwide network of cargo ships.

The BBC, Wall Street Journal and many other media web sites also wrote summaries of the main findings.


Here are the main topics of my research:


Percolation theory

Theoretical ecology

Cartograms (density-equalizing maps)


Media coverage


Autumn 2011: Networks - Theory and Applications

Spring 2012: Quantitative Biology

This page was last updated on 30 June 2014. Please visit me again soon.


Email mgastner@gmail.com