Dr. 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.
Dr. 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
Dr. 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.