paulLizard1I study a wide range of topics related to human behavior, evolution, and culture. I’m interested in how macro- and meso-level social phenomenon arise as individuals’ behaviors are structured by their social and physical environment, and how those changing structures feed back onto individual behaviors. 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.

I currently work at the University of California, Davis as a Lecturer in the department of Psychology and a Postdoctoral Scholar in the department of Political Science. 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. I am currently on the academic job market. If you think I might be a good fit for your department, please get in touch.

Key words:

  • Complex systems
  • Cultural evolution
  • Cooperation
  • Collective behavior
  • Agent-based modeling
  • Decision making
  • Social identity
  • Social learning
  • Metascience