Lab folk

Prospective lab members:

I currently accept graduate students through two graduate groups at UC Merced: Cognitive & Information Sciences and Quantitative & Systems Biology. The best way to get a feel for the kind of work I do is to have a look at my papers. The best way to get a feel for what I’d be like as an advisor or collaborator is to talk to me. Drop me a line with any questions.

Current lab members:

Pablo Contreras Kallens. PhD student, Cognitive & Information Sciences. Philosophy of science, scientometrics, emergence of concepts, models of social dynamics. Co-advising with Rick Dale (UCLA).

Matt Turner. PhD student, Cognitive & Information Sciences. Political language, metaphor, opinion dynamics, polarization. Big data, agent-based models. Co-advising with Teenie Matlock and Paul Maglio.

Tyrome Sweet. PhD student, Quantitative & Systems Biology. Computational biology, machine learning, robotics, agent-based models.

Former lab members:

Giulio Galdi. Visiting PhD student, Fall 2017. Doctoral student in Development Economics and Local Systems at the Universities of Trento and Florence. Social identity, cognitive distance, models of microeconomic phenomena.

Tom Flamson: Postdoctoral researcher, 2016–2017. Cognitive anthropologist with fieldwork in Brazil. Interested in signaling theory, social assortment, evolution of humor. Currently a senior researcher at California Department of Social Services.