Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute.
I am interested in the processes that lead to persistent patterns in life, from the biological to the social. Why do the distributions of individual organisms across species, or populations across geographic space follow consistent mathematical forms? Why is economic inequality pervasive? Why are preconceptions hard to change? I hope that by understanding where these near universalities come from we can make our world more sustainable for all kinds of diversities. I am trained as a computational ecologist and evolutionary biologist and use principles from theoretical biology and statistical mechanics to help find commonalities in other disciplines. You can follow my research in progress here, while gleam-in-the-eye ideas are here, and polished products are here.