The goal of the Evolution of Technology Lab (ETL) is to develop an evolutionary theory of technological complexity. We have many empirical (often anecdotical) studies about technological systems. But there is no established consensus about what technology is and how it develops. In the search of universal principles, we have compared the evolution of natural and artificial systems. An striking possibility is that the evolution of technology is not different (in their fundamental processes) from other systems, and thus providing a reliable empirical system for testing general hypotheses. What is the role played by emergence, convergence and environmental fluctuations in the origin of natural and artificial innovations? The ETL uses different approaches to extend evolutionary theory beyond the original domain of biology. This effort depends on both empirical analysis and theoretical modelling. An unique approach of our lab is the complex networks perspective of the evolution of technology, which we have developed over the years. We also develop systematic ways to recollect and analyse the rich fossil record of inventions.

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Galiana N, Lurgi M, Bastazini VAG, Bosch J, Cagnolo L, Cazelles K, Claramunt-López B, Emer C, Fortin MJ, Grass I, Hernández-Castellano C, Jauker F, Leroux SJ, McCann K, McLeod AM, Montoya D, Mulder C, Osorio-Canadas S, Reverté S, Rodrigo A, Steffan-Dewenter I, Traveset A, Valverde S, Vázquez DP, Wood SA, Gravel D, Roslin T, Thuiller W, Montoya JM. 2022. Ecological network complexity scales with area. Nature Ecology & Evolution. DOI:10.1038/s41559-021-01644-4

Vidiella B, Fontich E, Valverde S, Sardanyés J. 2021. Habitat loss causes long extinction transients in small trophic chains. Theoretical Ecology, 14(4):641-661. DOI:10.1007/s12080-021-00509-7

Bentley RA, Carrignon S, Ruck DJ, Valverde S, O’Brien MJ. 2021. Neutral models are a tool, not a syndrome. Nature Human Behaviour, 5(7):807-808. DOI:10.1038/s41562-021-01149-x

Valverde S, Vidiella B, Montañez R, Fraile A, Sacristán S, García-Arenal F. 2020. Coexistence of nestedness and modularity in host–pathogen infection networks. Nature Ecology and Evolution,4(4):568-577. DOI:10.1038/s41559-020-1130-9

Solé R, Valverde S. 2020. Evolving complexity: how tinkering shapes cells, software and ecological networks. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 375(1796). DOI:10.1098/rstb.2019.0325

Solé R, Valverde S. 2020. Evolving complexity: how tinkering shapes cells, software and ecological networks. The Royal Society.  doi: 10.1098/rstb.2019.0325

Ferrando-Bernal M, Morcillo-Suarez C, De-Dios T, Gelabert P, Civit S, Díaz-Carvajal A, Ollich-Castanyer I, Allentoft ME, Valverde S, Lalueza-Fox C. 2020. Mapping co-ancestry connections between the genome of a Medieval individual and modern Europeans. Scientific Reports, 10(1):6843. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-64007-2

Valverde S, Piñero J, Corominas-Murtra B, Montoya J, Joppa L, Solé R. 2018. The architecture of mutualistic networks as an evolutionary spandrel. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2(1):94-99. DOI:10.1038/s41559-017-0383-4

Corominas-Murtra B, Seoane LF, Solé R. 2018. Zipf’s Law, unbounded complexity and open-ended evolution. Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 15(149):20180395. DOI:10.1098/rsif.2018.0395

Valverde S. 2017. Breakdown of Modularity in Complex Networks. Frontiers in Physiology, 8:1-8. DOI:10.3389/fphys.2017.00497

Aguilar D, Pinart M, Koppelman GH, Saeys Y, Nawijn MC, Postma DS, Akdis M, Auffray C, Ballereau S, Benet M, García-Aymerich J, González JR, Guerra S, Keil T, Kogevinas M, Lambrecht B, Lemonnier N, Melen E, Sunyer J, Valenta R, Valverde S, Wickman M, Bousquet J, Oliva B, Antó JM. 2017. Computational analysis of multimorbidity between asthma, eczema and rhinitis. PLoS ONE, 12(6):1-26. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0179125

Valverde S. 2016. Major transitions in information technology. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 371(1701). DOI:10.1098/rstb.2015.0450

Valverde S, Sole RV. 2015. Punctuated equilibrium in the large-scale evolution of programming languages. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 12(107). DOI:10.1098/rsif.2015.0249

Valverde S, Solé RV. 2015. A cultural diffusion model for the rise and fall of programming languages. Human Biology, 87(3):224-234. DOI:10.13110/humanbiology.87.3.0224

Valverde S, Ohse S, Turalska M, West BJ, Garcia-Ojalvo J. 2015. Structural determinants of criticality in biological networks. Frontiers in Physiology, 6(may):1-9. DOI:10.3389/fphys.2015.00127

Weitz JS, Poisot T, Meyer JR, Flores CO, Valverde S, Sullivan MB, Hochberg ME. 2013. Phage-bacteria infection networks. Trends in Microbiology, 21(2):82-91. DOI:10.1016/j.tim.2012.11.003