Ecological networks - Community assembly - Global change

Dr Miguel Lurgi Rivera

Associate Professor, Biosciences
Office - 102C
First Floor
Margam Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


I am a computational ecologist focusing on the development of ecological theory and the analysis of large datasets to gain a better understanding of community assembly and ecological patterns of species distributions and interactions in complex natural communities.

My main research focus is on the mechanisms behind the emergence of complexity in ecological networks and the development of theoretical models of community and network dynamics to better understand these mechanisms and the patterns they give rise to.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Ecological Networks
  • Community Ecology
  • Food Web Theory
  • Network Biogeography
  • Microbiome
  • Theoretical Ecology
  • Global change (invasions, habitat loss, warming)

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Teaching Ecological Thoery is one of my favourite activities. Especially focusing on networks of ecological interactions.

Check this out if you are interested in learning about different ecological concepts:

I have also put toghther this short tutorial on how to approach and analyse ecological networks:

I believe that the best way to learn is by doing and discussing passionately about science. So, please feel free to drop me a line or by my office with any interesting questions or topics about pretty much anything.

Current topics that interest me include: complex systems - philoshophy of science - observations of rare birds - the Hutchinsonian niche - geographical ecology...

Research Award Highlights Collaborations