The complex network of global cargo ship movements

Dr. Michael Gastner, Department for Mathematics, Complexity and Networks Programme, Imperial College London

Tuesday 24th May
Anatomy Gavin de Beer LT
Time: 17:00

The global network of merchant ships not only transports an estimated 90% of world trade. Cargo ships also exchange up to ten billion tons of ballast water, and with it potentially harmful bio-invasive species, around the globe. Michael will present how the world-wide network of ship routes can be inferred from itineraries of 16,363 cargo ships during the year 2007. The network has several features that set it apart from other transportation networks. Implications for forecasts of ship-mediated marine bio-invasion will be discussed.

Michael received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2005. For his thesis work Michael was awarded the Wirt and Mary Cornwell Prize for "greatest intellectual curiosity, given most promise of original study and creative work". During his postdoctoral training, Michael was a fellow at the Santa Fe Institute and a Computational Science Fellow of the Volkswagen Foundation. Currently, Michael is a Junior Research Fellow at Imperial College London.

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