2013-2014 LECTURES AND SEMINARS


Fall 2013 Lecture Series
        Spring 2014 Lecture Series

 

Dr. David Krakauer

David KrakauerDr. David Krakauer is the director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and co-director of the Center for Com­plex Systems and Collective Computa­tion at University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary theory from Oxford University. Dr. Krakauer’s research focuses on the evolutionary his­tory of information processing in biology and culture, including genetic, neural, linguistic and cultural mechanisms. The research spans multiple levels of organization, seeking analogous patterns and principles in genetics, cell biology, microbiology and in organismal behavior and society.

Lecture 1
The Past, Present, and Future of Intelligence on Planet Earth
Date: Thursday, October 17, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: ARTS 150

Lecture 2
Evolution, Inference and Learning - the Common Structure of Adaptive Dynamics
Date: Friday, October 18, 2014
Time: Noon
Where: Rasmuson Hall, Room 101

 

 

Dr. Mark Brown

Mark BrownDr. Mark Brown is a professor of Environmental Engineering Sciences and director of the Center for Environmental Policy at the University of Florida. His research is focused on the interface of humanity and the environment including systems ecology, ecological engineering, ecological economics, and environmental policy. For six years Dr. Brown was a consulting ecologist to The Cousteau Society, working with research teams to develop solutions to a wide array of resource management problems that affect marine resources throughout the world.


Lecture 1
Energy & the Economy
Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Rasmuson Hall, Room 101

Lecture 2
"Emergy" Values of the Marine Ecosystem
Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Time: Noon
Where: Student Union, Lyla Richards Conference Room

 

 

Dr. Jennifer Dunne

Jennifer DunneDr. Jennifer Dunne’s research is in analysis, modeling, and theory of organization, dynamics, and function of complex species interactions. Much of this work focuses the basic architecture for the flow of energy and resources in ecosystems that play a central role in ecological and evolutionary dynamics, and seeking to identify fundamental patterns and principles of ecological network structure. She is extending the scope and impact of this research with interdisciplinary collaborations in archaeology, art, computer science, economics, evolutionary theory, microbiology, paleobiology, parasitology, physics, and social science. She received a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley, held a NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biological Informatics, and has been on faculty of the Santa Fe Institute since 2007.

Lecture 1
Are Humans Just Another Predator?
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Rasmuson Hall, Room 101

Lecture 2

Deep Time Perspectives on Complex Ecological Networks
Date: Friday, February 21, 2014
Time: Noon
Where: Integrated Science Building, Room 105