Luis A. Martinez is a physicist by training, holding his degree from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and his PhD from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. During his PhD, he studied the formation and evolution of large structures in the Local Universe through numerical cosmological simulations. He was a postdoctoral researcher in different European institutions: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Vrije universiteit Brussel, The National Research Council of Italy, and KU Leuven. During this period, his research was centered on the multidisciplinary study and modelling of complex systems. He combined evolutionary game theory with techniques from different fields to shed light on social and biological problems related with the emergence and evolution of cooperation, such as the outbreak of intolerance in fragmented societies, the emergence of mechanisms and institutions under cooperative agreements, the study of socio-economic factors linked to recruitment processes in organized crime and terrorist networks, the role of memory, reciprocity and signaling, and the modelling of responsive mechanisms of cells under switching environments. At IIS, he works as a researcher connecting ecosystem services, biodiversity, and human behavior.