"Evolutionary dynamics" is the study of the fundamental mathematical principles that guide evolution. The Program for Evolutionary Dynamics (PED) at Harvard University was established in 2003 and is dedicated to research and teaching.
Martin Nowak, Professor of Mathematics and of Biology at Harvard University, is the director of this program. May Huang is the Chief Administrative Officer. Wendy Heywood is Coordinator.
Our current research topics include: evolution of cooperation, cancer, viruses, evolutionary game/graph/set theory, prelife, protocells, eusociality, evolution of construction, population structure, evolution of language, experimental games, and evolutionary economics.
Our ambitious goals include curing the world of cancer, infectious disease, selfishness and inclusive fitness theory.
Cooperating with the future. Oliver Hauser, David Rand, Alexander Peysakhovich and Martin Nowak show how shared decisions benefit next generations in the July 10th issue of Nature (Harvard Gazette story)
How to prevent summer blackouts. Erez Yoeli, Moshe Hoffman, David Rand, and Martin Nowak's study in PNAS showing how a tiny device and a little concern for what our neighbors think of us can help prevent summer blackouts, and solve public goods problems more generally, is featured in the July 4th Opinion Pages of The New York Times.
Rethinking the roots of altruism: Benjamin Allen (right), Martin Nowak (left) and E.O. Wilson (not pictured) make another call for reason in the theory of social evolution.
Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer