CASUS Institute Seminar, Scultetus Visiting Scientist Dr. Cristóbal López, Professor at the Institute for Cross-disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC), University of the Balearic Islands (Spain)

Abstract of the talk// In this talk, Cristóbal will introduce a recent technique for studying environmental processes known as Lagrangian Flow Networks. This approach integrates the Complex Network formalism with the analysis of transport and mixing in geophysical flows. He will demonstrate how standard concepts in fluid dynamics,
such as dispersion and mixing, typically quantified by Lyapunov exponents, can be expressed through well-known concepts in complex networks, such as node degree and betweenness. Furthermore, Cristóbal will discuss potential applications of this framework in the marine environment, including sea surface connectivity, plankton diversity, and the transport of larvae by ocean currents.

CV// Cristóbal did his graduate studies in theoretical physics at the University of Granada, Spain. After writing his PhD thesis in physics at the University of the Balearic Islands in Mallorca, Spain, he moved as a postdoc to the University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy. Since 2019, he is a full Professor for Condensed Matter Physics at the University of the Balearic Islands. Cristóbal’s research interests are in statistical physics, nonlinear phenomena and complex systems in general. He also works on applications regarding transport in fluids, biological modelling and oceanic processes. He has been a visiting researcher at different international institutions like the University of Cambridge (UK), the ICTP in Trieste, the University of Rome La Sapienza (both Italy), the University of Oldenburg (Germany), among others.

Cristóbal will be talking live in Görlitz. However, as the event is organized in a hybrid format that includes a videoconferencing tool by Zoom Inc., people interested in the topic have the chance to also join the talk remotely. Please ask for the login details via