Silvia de Monte

Researcher, Scientific Advisory Board

I am a researcher at the Institute of Biology of École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France, in the Eco-Evo Math group, and at the Dept. for Theoretical Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön, Germany.
I have always been fascinated by the collective behaviour of biological populations, and wondered how they can maintain cohesiveness and cooperation despite the possibility that individual interests disrupt their functionality. This questioning led me to (temporally) abandon a biology training for one in physics, that provided me with mathematical and methodological tools. My MSc and PhD allowed me to explore different ways of modelling the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of biological populations, and opened my eyes on the importance of individual heterogeneity in shaping collective behaviour. During my post-doc, I went back to study biology within the master program Interdisciplinary Approaches to Life Sciences, and had the opportunity to work with microbial populations. From then on, I strive to maintain the connection with observational evidence as I develop mathematical methods for the eco-evolutionary dynamics of microbial collectives, in particular the 'social amoeba' D. discoideum and planktonic communities.

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