About me

My research

I am a physicist with a passion for unraveling the complexities of the natural world through computational and mathematical modeling. My research focuses on the intersection between complex systems science and ecology, with particular interest on disease modelling, macroecology and AI applications. My Ph.D. in Complex Systems Modeling for Vector-Borne Diseases, thrives on the challenges of understanding and predicting the spread of vector-borne diseases through innovative mathematical and computational approaches. I developed a complex mathematical model to characterize Xylella fastidiosa diseases in Europe, which accounts for the observed abundance patterns of the pathogen’s main vector, Philaenus spumarius (Giménez-Romero et al. 2022, Physical Review E and Giménez-Romero et al. 2023, Phytopathology). This was the basis to develop a novel climate-driven epidemiological model that allows to predict the risk of establishment of the disease at a global scale (Giménez-Romero et al. 2022, Communications Biology), which was hitherto precluded from the lack of theoretical knowledge on how to transform climatic suitability measures to disease risk measures. This model was employed to perform risk assessments for Pierce’s Disease of grapevines based on current climate measures (Giménez-Romero et al. 2022, Communications Biology), future climate conditions (Giménez-Romero et al. 2023, bioRxiv) and high-resolution current climate data (Giménez-Romero et al. 2024, bioRxiv). I also developed a temperature-based model to control the population of Phileanus spumarius (Lago et al. 2023, Environmental Entomology) and suggested new control strategies that could be designed Giménez-Romero et al. 2023, Phytopathology). Throughout my Ph.D., I explored additional research topics aligned with my interest. I developed a Convolutional neural network model for Automated Marine Ecosystem LabElling (CAMELE), which demonstrated remarkable accuracy in mapping the Posidonia oceanica meadows of the Mediterranean Sea using satellite imagery. Another interesting research involved the analisi of a global database encompassing tropical coral reefs, which led to the identification of universal macroecological laws governing their structure. Check this post about these projects for further details!

The research done during my PhD falls inside the CYCLE and SEDIMENT projects hosted at IFISC.

Biography

I was graduated in Physics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in Barcelona (Spain), with honors in numerical methods I and II, in 2019. My Bachelor’s thesis foucsed on a Nanoscale Heat Transport Study by Monte Carlo Simulations. After that, I completed my Master’s degree in Physics of Complex Systems, organized by the Institute of Cross-disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC) at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) in 2020. My master thesis focused on Modelling the Mass Mortality Event of Pinna nobilis. This led me to start my PhD there at the end of 2020. Later on, during my PhD, I pursued a M.Sc. in Quantitative Finances at UNED in 2021, where I excelled in all modules, with a master thesis on the Analysis of Mean-Variance and Higher Moment Portfolio Optimization Models.

I would like to acknowledge Vicens Méndez, Juan Camacho and Jordi Faraudo, who led me to discover the fascinating world of Complex Systems while I was an undergraduate student. After my M. Sc. and PhD at IFISC, I would like to acknowledge the guidance of my supervisor, colleague and friend Manuel Matías. His support and mentorship has definitely shaped my scientific and personal growth.

Teaching and dissemination

I have taught Econophysics at UIB for the 4th year in the B. Sc. in Physics and the M. Sc. in Physics of Complex Systems. I have co-supervised M.Sc. theses on disease modeling and AI applications at IFISC.

Besides pure academic duties, I am engaged in scientific outreach, participating in events and activities that bring science closer to the public. I was finalist of a dissemination contest at UIB, which led to the publication of a dissemination article at The Conversation and an interview for the local news at IB3N.

Skills

Programming languages

  • Python  

  • Julia  

  • C++  

  • SQL  

  • BASH  

Data management

  • Georeferenced data: Shapefile, GeoJSON, tif, etc

  • Tabular data: csv, excel, etc

  • Other formats: GRIB, NetCDF, etc

Interests

Scuba diving

I am passionate about snorkelling and scuba diving, which are by far my favourite summer activities. I am Rescue Scuba Diver by SNSI and I plan to take the Divemaster course at some point in the near future. I’m also somehow interested in underwater photography, but I have no propper knowledge about it yet.

I will eventually write some posts about my dives, chech them out!

Hiking

Hiking is one of my favourite winter activities. Check out my trails at Wikiloc!

During my PhD in Mallorca, I enjoy the beautiful hikes in the Tramuntana mountain range on the weekends. As personal challenges, I decided to hike the 54 higher-than-1000m points of the Tramuntana and carry out “Sa Travessa”, a several days hike from side to side of the Tramuntana. If curious, check my posts on those two challenges!