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I am a mathematician who uses models to study how communities work, in both ecological and social settings.

Several of the projects I've worked on have involved transitions between competitive and cooperative dynamics or long-term changes in structure and process in complex communities. The thread that connects my research is my underlying interest in distributed governance: how to coexist to mutual benefit when control is not centralized but immanent throughout the community.

I finished a Ph.D. in applied mathematics in 2003, focusing on evolution and ecology.

From fall 2003 through summer 2005 I worked with Alan Hastings and Louis Botsford at UC Davis, on the population biology of age-structured Pacific salmon species.

From fall 2005 through summer 2007, I was a Ciriacy-Wantrup postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley, working on research related to self-organization and sustainability.

I'm currently working with Jonathan Dushoff of McMaster University, on WorkingWiki, an extension to the widely-used MediaWiki software package that makes it into a platform for managing research data together with the software scripts that process the data, the figures made from the data, and the papers that include the figures.

I'm also doing research on stochastic dynamics on networks and on dynamics of consensus formation, and continuing work on older projects.

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