Matteo Convertino PhD » Faculty

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Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

Address Academic Health Center, Mayo Memorial Building Suite 1232 12th Floor, MMC807 420 Delaware St. SE Minneapolis MN 55455 Work Phone: 612-624-0132 Work Fax: 612-626-4837 Website: HumNat Lab
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Research Interests

Spatio-temporal analysis, modeling, and management of complex systems:(excerpta)

  • computational and theoretical complexity science for health
  • exposome-bio-diseasome, multiscale health
  • personalized health, system pathology
  • complex system modeling in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
  • ecosystem and human health interface
  • global health, one health, health system planning and management
  • multiscale food safety assessment with focus on the supply chain
  • food system complexity: safety, security, quality, value
  • waterbone, foodborne and zoonotic disease modeling
  • quantitative public policy via scenario modeling
  • cancer epidemiology and detection of multifactor causality and interaction
  • exposome genome diseasome
  • multiscale assessment of systemic networked risks
  • art in science

Research carried out via: (excerpta)

  • big-data analysis and inference with small data
  • dynamic factor analysis, cross convergence mapping, Granger causality
  • network models
  • agent-based modeling (metacommunity and metapopulation)
  • maximum entropy models
  • global sensitivity and uncertainty analyses
  • metamodeling and aesthetic computing
  • mental modeling and stakeholder preference assessment
  • risk and decision analysis
  • portfolio resource prioritization and optimization under risk, decisions, and uncertainty
  • theoretical development of information-theoretical models, spatial point processes, transport phenomena, scaling and allometry


  • Linkov I, Eisenberg DA, Bates ME, Chang D, Convertino M, Allen JH, Flynn SE, Seager TP, (2013), Mea- surable Resilience for Actionable Policy, Environ Sci Technol, 47(18):10108-10. doi: 10.1021/es403443n.
  • He C., Convertino M., Feng Z., Zhang S., Using LIDAR Data to Measure 3D Green Biomass: the Beijing Urban Forest, PONE-D-13-07984R2, PLoS ONE, in press
  • Convertino, M., S. Liang, (2013), Probabilistic Supply Chain Risk Model for Food Safety, Global Risk Forum Summit Paper – One Health Summit – Davos 2013, in press
  • Convertino, M., C.M. Foran, J.M. Keisler, L. Scarlett, A. LoSchiavo, G.A. Kiker, I. Linkov (2013). En- hanced Adaptive Management: Application to the Everglades Ecosystem, Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group), in press
  • You YA, Ali M, Kanungo S, Sah B, Manna B, Puri M, Nair GB, Bhattacharya SK, Convertino M, Deen JL, Lopez AL, Wierzba TF, Clemens J, Sur D, (2013). Risk Map of Cholera Infection for Vaccine Deployment: the Eastern Kolkata Case, PLoS ONE, in press
  • Convertino, M., F, Troccoli, Catani, F. (2013). Detecting fingerprints of landslide drivers: a maxent model,, Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface
  • Cathey-Linhoss A., Kiker G.A., Aiello-Lammens M., Chu-Agor M.L., Convertino M., Muñoz-Carpena R., Fischer R.A., Linkov I. (2013). Decision Analysis for species preservation under sea level rise, 263, 264Ð272,, Ecological Modelling
  • Zhang Z., Zang R., Convertino M, (2013), Predicting the distribution of potential natural vegetation based on functional groups in a species rich and fragmented forest region, Plant Ecology and Evolution, in press
  • Convertino, M., Valverde, J.L. Jr. (2013). Spatially-explicit Portfolio Decision Model for Optimal and Sustainable Ecosystem Management, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065056, PLoS ONE
  • Convertino, M., Simini, F., Catani, F., Linkov, I., Kiker, G.A. (2013). Power-law of Aggregate-size Spectra in Natural Systems, EAI Endorsed Transactions on Complex Systems,
  • Convertino, M., K. Baker, C. Lu, J.T. Vogel, B. Suedel, I. Linkov (2012). Use of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis to Guide Metrics Selection for Ecosystem Restorations, [free model case study available at PANGAEA – Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science, Ecological Indicators
  • Convertino, M., R. Mangoubi, I. Linkov, N.C. Lowry, M. Desai (2012). Inferring Species-Richness and Species-turnover by Statistical Multiresolution Texture Analysis of Satellite Imagery,, PLoS ONE
  • Wood, M, Kovacs, D, Bostrom, A, Convertino, M, Linkov, I (2012) A Moment of Mental Model Clarity, Response to Jones et al. 2011 (“Mental Models: An Interdisciplinary Synthesis of Theory and Meth- ods”, 2011, 16-1, Ecology and Society) in the special issue “Mental models in human – environment interactions: Theory, policy implications, and methodological explorations”; Editor: L. Gunderson),, Ecology and Society
  • Convertino, M., M.L. Chu-Agor, I. Linkov, G.A. Kiker, R. Muñoz-Carpena (2013). Untangling Model Drivers of Species Distribution Predictions: Global Sensitivity and Uncertainty Analysis of MaxEnt, Environmental Modeling and Software, accepted
  • Lagerwall, G., G. Kiker, R. Muñoz-Carpena, M. Convertino, A. James, N. Wang (2012). A Spatially- Distributed, Deterministic Approach to Modeling Typha domingensis (Cattail) in an Everglades Water- controlled Wetland, in the special issue “Wetlands in a Complex World”, DOI: 10.1186/2192-1709-1-10, Ecological Processes
  • Convertino, M. (2012). Wetlands in a Complex World, Editorial paper of the special issue “Wetlands in a Complex World”, Ecological Processes, forthcoming
  • Convertino, M., M.L. Chu-Agor, R.A. Fischer, G. Kiker, R. Muñoz-Carpena, I. Linkov (2012). Shorebird Patch Dynamics as Fingerprint of Coastline Variation due to Climate Change, in the special issue “Wetlands in a Complex World”, DOI:10.1186/2192-1709-1-9, Ecological Processes
  • Park, J., Seager, TP., Rao, PCS, Convertino, M., Linkov, I. (2012). Integrating Risk and Resilience Approaches to Catastrophe Management in Engineering Systems, doi: 10.1111/j.1539-6924.2012.01885.x., Risk Analysis
  • Convertino, M., R. Muñoz-Carpena, G. Kiker, M.L. Chu-Agor, R. Fischer, I. Linkov (2012). Epistemic Uncertainty in Predicting Shorebird Biogeography Affected by Sea-Level Rise,,, Ecological Modelling
  • Chu-Agor M.L., R. Muñoz-Carpena, G.A. Kiker, M. Aiello-Lammens, R. Akcakaya, M. Convertino, I. Linkov, (2012). Simulating the fate of Florida Snowy Plovers with sea-level rise: exploring poten- tial population management outcomes with a global uncertainty and sensitivity analysis perspectives, Ecological Modelling
  • Convertino M., F. Catani, A. Troccoli (2011), Maximum Entropy Macroscale Prediction of the Occur- rence and Size of Landslides Driven by Climate Change Rainfall Variation, Geophysical Research Abstract, Vol. 13, EGU 2011-9389
  • Aiello-Lammens, M., Chu-Agor, M.L., Convertino, M., Fischer, R.A., Linkov, I., Akcakaya, H.R., (2011). The impact of sea-level rise on Snowy Plovers in Florida: Integrated Geophysical, Habitat, and Metapopulation Models, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2011.02497.x, Global Change Biology
  • Convertino, M. (2011). Neutral Metacommunity Clustering and SAR: River Basin vs 2-D Landscape Biodiversity Patterns, 222, 11, 1863-1879, Ecological Modelling
  • Convertino, M., J.F. Donoghue, M.L. Chu-Agor, R.A. Fischer, G.A. Kiker, R. Muñoz-Carpena, I. Linkov (2011). Anthropogenic Renourishment Feedback on Shorebirds: a Multispecies Bayesian Perspective, 37, 8, 1184-1194, Ecological Engineering
  • Convertino, M., G. Kiker, R. Muñoz-Carpena, R. Fischer, I. Linkov (2011). Scale- and resolution- invariance of suitable geographic range for shorebird metapopulations, Special Section: Complexity of Coupled Human and Natural Systems, doi:10.1016/j.ecocom.2011.07.007, Ecological Complexity
  • Convertino, M., J. Elsner, G. Kiker, R. Muñoz-Carpena, Martinez, C.J., R. Fischer, I. Linkov (2011). Do Tropical Cyclones Shape Shorebird Patterns? Biogeoclimatology of Snowy Plovers in Florida, 10.1371/journal.pone.0015683, PLoS ONE
  • Linkov I., R.A. Fischer, M. Convertino, M. Chu-Agor, G. Kiker, C.J. Martinez, R. Muñoz-Carpena, H.R. Akcakaya, and M. Aiello-Lammens, (2010). The Proof of Sea-level Rise is in the Plover – Climate Change and Shorebirds in Florida, Endangered Species Bullettin (US FWS)
  • Stark, C.P., E. Choi, and M. Convertino (2011). Landslide rupture and length-depth scaling, Earth and Planetary Sciences Letters, accepted
  • Convertino, M., R. Muneepeerakul, S. Azaele, E. Bertuzzo, A. Rinaldo, and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe (2009). On neutral metacommunity patterns of river basins at different scales of aggregation, 45, W08424, Aug., 10.1029/2009WR007799, Water Resources Research
  • Convertino, M., R. Rigon, A. Maritan, I. Rodriguez-Iturbe, and A. Rinaldo (2007). The probabilistic structure of the distance between tributaries of given size in river network, 2007WR006176, Water Resources Research