paulItaly1_cropI am a researcher interested in understanding complex processes. I focus on how organizational patterns emerge in humans and other social organisms, with perspectives drawn from psychology, evolutionary ecology, and the social sciences. I often build mathematical and computational models of dynamic populations in order to help me understand these processes.

Some areas of research I work on include social and cultural evolution, cooperation, group formation, social identity, institutions, collective behavior, pattern formation, mate choice, decision making, cognition, and the philosophy of science.

I am currently a Postdoctoral Scholar in the department of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis, working with Richard McElreath.