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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, physiology, or ecology, and work out their evolutionary consequences. Specific interests at the moment include the robustness and evolvability of biological systems, the origins of coding sequences from non-coding ancestors, and the tension between relative and absolute competitions in evolution, ecology, and economics.
I am an associate professor in the department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and am a member of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDP) in Applied Math, Genetics, and Statistics, the Ethology and Evolutionary Psychology graduate program, and the Biochemistry and Cellular Molecular Biology graduate program. I am also a member of the BIO5 Institute.
- Faculty Bio Page
- Podcast or TV broadcast of public lecture on Evolution
- More technical conference talks on
- 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
- Articles on our work in UANews, Jan 21, 2011 and Oct 22, 2013
- Profile at the Rhodes Project, 2013
- Blog posts on ethics of new Ebola treatments and What evolutionary biology can learn from creationists