paulLizard1Assistant Professor
Cognitive and Information Sciences
University of California, Merced

Office: SSM 255B

What I do
I study how psychological and behavioral traits emerge and evolve in response to social, cultural, and ecological pressures, as well as how those pressures can themselves evolve. I also have broad interests related to cultural evolution, cooperation, and complex adaptive systems. Much of my work involves building mathematical models and computer simulations to generate and test hypotheses. Humans are notoriously bad at reasoning about complex systems. Building formal models scaffolds the imagination, facilitating new insights as well as new questions.

Some of my current projects involve the emergence of social identity signaling strategies, cultural influences on personality development, the evolution of cooperation, and population dynamics of scientific communities.

If you poke around this site, you can learn some more things about me, check out my publications, and in general see the sorts of things we’ve come to expect from the personal websites of academics.