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I am interested in lots of different stuff, please browse the research links and publications! I don’t run a wet lab, so all these projects involve mathematics, simulations, downloading and analyzing pre-existing data, or all of the above. I try to work on systems where theoretical models can give insights that just wouldn’t be available any other way, and then to link these models to data.
Most of the work in my group these days is connected in some way to evolvability. I am most interested in models that explicitly capture mechanistic constraints, whether from biochemistry, genetics, cellular biology or physiology, and work out their evolutionary consequences.
I am an associate professor in the department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and am a member of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDP) in Applied Math and Statistics, and the Ethology and Evolutionary Psychology graduate program. I am also a member of the BIO5 Institute.
During the 2012/2013 academic year, I am on sabbatical at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. I will be writing a popular book applying ideas of hard and soft selection to economic distinctions such as the difference between money and wealth and the difference between learning and signaling in education.
- Faculty Bio Page
- Podcast or TV broadcast of public lecture on Evolution
- Radio Interview, The Science Show, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio National, March 10 2007
- TV Interview, GrassRoots TV, Aspen CO, Jan 4 2010.
- Article in Tucson Citizen, June 23 2007
- Op Ed in Arizona Daily Star for Darwin’s 200th Birthday, Feb 12 2009
- Article in UANews, Jan 21, 2011