Shai Pilosof, a PhD student in the Marco and Louise Mitrani Department of Desert Ecology (MDDE) at the Swiss Institute for Dryland Environmental and Energy Research (SIDEER), has recently been awarded the prestigious James S. McDonnell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for his study of complex systems. The fellowship is awarded to only 10 PhD students worldwide, and Shai is the only Israeli to have received it this year.
During his postdoctoral work, Shai will pursue research on "Diffusion dynamics in networks of networks". This field is at the forefront of science and embraces fascinating questions with important implications such as the spread of disease across different transport and social networks, the ecological relationships among different food webs and the relationships between different technological networks. The fellowship will allow Shai to advance this research frontier in Israel.