Dr Miguel Lurgi Rivera, supported by the Embassy’s scientific mobility program [fr]
Dr Miguel Lurgi Rivera is one of the 27 scientists selected for the Embassy’s scientific mobility program in 2017. His work on microbial symbionts (organisms living in close relationship with another) is essential to understand the function and survival of multicellular organisms, from humans to invertebrates to plants. Using a suite of complex networks analyses tools, he uncovered the modular structure of the network of host-microbe interactions in marine sponges. After obtaining this structure he obtained its relationship to several environmental, phylogenetic and functional factors thought to influence this organisation, such as temperature, or phylogenetic relationship between microbes.
The main objective of the scientific mobility program was to strengthen collaboration between his institution, the Experimental and Theoretical Ecological Station of the CNRS (SETE), and two Australian institutions, the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences (AIMS) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Dr Lurgi Rivera’s mission to Australia has also fostered future collaborations, on theoretical approximations to better understand the causes of complex host-microbial assemblages.
This scientific collaboration has led to a paper on the results in Nature Communication: