Lab folk

Prospective lab members:

I currently accept graduate students through two graduate groups at UC Merced: Cognitive & Information Sciences and Quantitative & Systems Biology. In general, I look for curious folks with strong quantitative skills who have broad interests in human (or even non-human) behavior in social and evolutionary contexts. Interests in modeling and cultural evolution are particularly desirable. 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, my students, or my colleagues. Drop me a line with any questions. I am currently accepting students for Fall 2020.

Current lab members:

Matt Turner. PhD student, Cognitive & Information Sciences. Opinion dynamics, metaphor, metascience, cultural evolution. Big data, agent-based models.

Amin Boroomand. PhD student, Quantitative & Systems Biology. Collective problem solving, machine learning, agent-based models.

Former lab members:

Pablo Contreras Kallens. PhD student, Cognitive & Information Sciences, 2016-2018. Philosophy of science, scientometrics, emergence of concepts, models of social dynamics. Now PhD student at Cornell University.

Giulio Galdi. Visiting PhD student, Fall 2017. Development economist interested in social identity, cognitive distance, models of microeconomic phenomena. Currently a researcher at the University of Siena.

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.