Past Seminars




Enkeleida Lushi
Simons Foundation Flatiron Institute
Self-organization and collective motion of micro-swimmers


Iyad Rahwan & Morgan Frank
MIT Media La
Detecting the dynamics of cooperation at a global scale


Michael Desai
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Department of Physics
Harvard University
Impact of linked selection on evolutionary dynamics


Eduardo Sontag
Department of Bioengineering
Northeastern University

A dynamical model of immune responses to antigen presentation predicts different regions of tumor or pathogen elimination


Denis RozeRoscoff Biological Station French National Center for Scientific Research Selection for sex in finite populations

JUN 14

Erick Matsen
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
University of Washington
Beyond random-walk Markov chain Monte Carlo for Bayesian phylogenetics


Arne Traulsen
Director, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology
Competition of life cycles - How should cells separate?
OCT 16 Philippe Robert
Helmholtz Center for Infection Research
Mathematical modeling of T cell differentiation and plasticity
DEC 4 Katharine Best
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Modeling within-host Zika virus dynamics to inform antiviral therapy and understand innate immunity
DEC 5 Laura Schmid
Institute for Science & Technology (IST), Austria
Evolution of cooperation via indirect reciprocity with private, noisy and incomplete information
DEC 11 Bartek Waclaw
University of Edinburgh
Mathematical modelling unravels a novel mechanism of gene expression regulation via polymerase queuing
DEC 12 Ashish Goyal
Los Alamos National Labratory
Modeling reveals the mechanism(s) behind the clearance (or persistence) of acute Hepatitis B virus infection



MAR 27 

David Nelson & Hidenori Tanaka
Harvard University
Spatial Gene Drives and Excitable Fisher Waves 


Michael Hochberg
Centre national de la recherche scientifique
How evolution and environment shape cancer

APR 10

Daria Roithmayr
USC Gould School of Law
Cat and Mouse: The evolutionary dynamics of getting around the law

APR 27   

Kunihiko Kaneko
University of Tokyo

Deep Linearity in Adaptation and Evolution:
Macroscopic Theory, Microscopic Simulation, and Bacterial Experiments


Yoh Iwasa
Kyushu University
Will theoretical studies contribute to biology and life sciences?

SEP 21

Marco Archetti 
University of East Anglia
Public good games models of cancer evolution


Sergey Gavrilets
University of Tennessee
Collective action problem in heterogeneous groups with punishment and foresight

MAY 11   

Dr. Georg Luebeck & Dr. Kit Curtius
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center                                                                                                                         

Multistage modeling of cancer and tissue aging in Barrett’s esophagus

MAY 18

Dr. Michael Makowsky
Clemson University
The Evolution of Power and the Divergence of Cooperative Norms
Dr. George Constable
Princeton University
Strength in Numbers: Demographic Noise can Reverse the Direction of Selection
JUN 16

Dr. Tobias Gerstenberg
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

A counterfactual simulation model of causal judgement
SEP 22

Dr. Robert Noble
Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution de Montpellier                                                  

Cancer: evolution, ecology and bad luck
NOV 14

Dr. Stavroula Kousta
Chief Editor, Nature Human Behaviour        

Introducing "Nature Human Behaviour"
LOCATION: Harvard Science Center, Hall E at 4P
DEC 12

Dr. Michihiro Kandori
University of Tokyo      

Misperception and Evolution of Cooperation
JUL 7 Isla Carson

University of Edinburgh

Applications of branching processes to cancer progression models
JUL 16 Diego Fregolente

University of Edinburgh

Diffusion of information in online social networks
JUL 17 Prof. Yitzhak Pilpel

Weizmann Institute

Toward realizing Lamarckism in the lab
JUL 21 Morgan Craig

l'Université de Montréal

Modeling of neutrophil development guides regimen optimisation during cancer chemotherapy
AUG 19 Dr. Daria Roithmayr

USC Gould School of Law    

The cat-and-mouse of payday lending: using co-evolutionary models to optimize legal regulation in the face of repeated lender adaptation
OCT 9 Dr. Gene Robinson

University of Illinois

Transcriptional regulation and metabolism: key elements in the evolution and mechanisms of social life in bees
OCT 16 Dr. Tandy Warnow

University of Illinois

Grand challenges in phylogenomics
OCT 21 Dr. Dov Samet

Tel Aviv University

Weak dominance: A mystery cracked
DEC 9 Dr. Matthijs van Veelen

University of Amsterdam

How to test Hamilton's rule
JAN 23 Professor Michael I. Norton

Harvard Business School

Paying it forward: Generalized reciprocity and the limits of generosity


MAR 24

Professor Daria Roithmayr

USC Gould

Should law keep pace with society?
APR 16 Professor Herbert Gintis

Santa Fe Institute

Inclusive fitness and the sociobiology of the genome
OCT 6 Professor Tore Ellingsen

Stockholm School of Economics

Situations and norms
OCT 8 Balázs Szentes

London School of Economics

On the biological foundation of risk preferences
JAN 30 Professor Burt Simon

University of Colorado at Denver

The dynamical process of group selection
FEB 21 Shishi Luo

Duke University

Balls and urns: a general framework that captures essential features of multilevel selection
APR 25 Professor Giovanni Parmigiani

Harvard School of Public Health

Dr. Cristian Tomasetti

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Passenger mutation rates in cancer: why they are important and how they can be investigated?
MAY 15 Barrett Deris

University of California, San Diego

"Optimal" fitness landscapes and evolvability in antibiotic resistance
MAY 20 Professor Richard Durrett

Duke University

Cancer: insights from simple mathematical models
OCT 21 Professor Alberto Bardelli

University of Turin

Sandra Misale

Institute for Research and Cure of Cancer at Candiolo

Precision medicine for colorectal cancers
OCT 28 Professor Jasmine Foo

University of Minnesota


A mathematical model of field cancerization
DEC 5 Dr. Dominik Wodarz

University of California, Irvine

Mathematical models of targeted cancer therapy
DEC 9 Dr. Elizabeth Widman

University of Warwick

A new frontier: Eusociality in corals
FEB 23 Dr. John Koschwanez

Harvard University

this event co-hosted by Andrew Murray and Martin Nowak

Sticking together makes life sweeter
APR 13 Professor Paul Higgs

McMaster University

The Origin of Autocatalytic Biopolymers - How did the RNA World get started?
APR 16 Professor Brian Boyd

University of Auckland New Zealand

this event co-hosted by Steven Pinker and Martin Nowak

Story versus Verse: Convergent versus Open Pattern
JUL 25 Dr. Yitzhak (Tzachi) Pilpel

Weizmann Institute of Science

Evolution of gene expression in yeast and in cancer
NOV 26 Seth Frey

Indiana University

Should advanced reasoning skills prevent complex game dynamics?
DEC 3 Alex Shaw

Yale University

Fairness: What it isn't, what it is, and what it might be for
JAN 27 Professor Pardis Sabeti

Harvard University

Combining multiple signals to identify the causal variant within regions under positive natural selection
FEB 24 Professor Joseph Henrich

University of British Columbia

Culture-Gene Coevolution, Norm-Psychology and the emergence of Human Prosociality
FEB 25 Professor Ingela Alger
Toulouse School of Economics, Université de Toulousse

Professor Jörgen Weibull
Stockholm School of Economics
Evolution, cooperation, and Hamilton’s rule
MAR 10 Professor Adilson Motter

Northwestern University

Controlling function in biological and ecological networks
APR 25 Professor Raghavendra Gadagkar

Indian Institute of Science

The functional organization of a tropical insect society
APR 27 Jordi van Gestel 
University of Groningen Netherlands
The evolution of cell-to-cell communication
MAY 5 Professor Felix Warneken

Harvard University

On the origins of altruistic behavior in ontogeny and phylogeny
MAY 17 Professor Charles Nunn

Duke University

Sex, germs and worms: The ecology of infectious diseases in wild primates
MAY 19 Dr. Benjamin Allen

Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, Harvard

How useful and general is Hamilton's rule?
JUL 12 Professor Nicholas Roy


Bridging the gap between machine and human representations
SEPT 7 Professor Andrew King

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

Kitchen confidential? Knowledge transfer and social norms in gourmet cuisine
SEPT 9 Dr. Philipp Altrock

Harvard School of Public Health

Evolutionary game dynamics in finite populations – Fixation times
SEPT 14 Professor Alex (Sandy) Pentland

Ankur Mani
Value exchange in early human societies
FEB 17 Dr. David Hughes

Pennsylvania State University

Zombie ants: the precise manipulation of social insect behavior by an entomopathogenic fungus

FEB 19 Professor Krishnendu Chatterjee 

Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Auctions and inverse game theory

FEB 22 Dr. Allon Klein

Harvard Medical School

Stochastic stem and progenitor cell fate in adult tissues

APR 26 Professor Nicholas Christakis

Yale University

Social network sensors for early detection of contagious outbreaks

MAY 7 Professor Constantinos (Costis) Daskalakis


The complexity of equilibria

AUG 9 Dr. David Leslie

University of Bristol

Convergent learning in unknown large games

AUG 26 Professor George Sugihara

University of California, San Diego

Managing risk in a dynamically changing world

AUG 30 Professor Dirk Helbing

ETH Zurich

From pedestrian dynamics to crowd disasters

SEPT 13 Professor James Hunt

North Carolina State University

Exaptation and genetic accommodation: The origins of worker behavior and eusociality in paper wasps

SEPT 15 S. Alireza Rabi

Johns Hopkins University

HIV-1: a struggle for cure and how the mathematicians can help

OCT 21 Yonatan (Yoni) Savir 

Harvard Medical School

Rubisco, the most abundant protein on Earth: An example for optimality of proteins
NOV 10 Stefano Giglio

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

CDS spreads and systemic financial risk
NOV 18 Christina Riehl

Harvard University

Living with strangers: Direct benefits favor non-kin cooperation in a communally breeding bird
DEC 15 Dr. Marco Archetti

University of East Anglia

Cooperation in one-shot public goods games without assortment
APR 30 Professor David Nelson

Harvard University

Life at the front of an expanding population
JUL 14 Dr. Yitzhak (Tzachi) Pilpel

Weizmann Institute of Science Israel

Adaptive prediction of environmental changes by microorganisms.
JUL 27 Professor Tom Chou

University of California, Los Angeles

Ligand-receptor dynamics: from potential reconstruction to viral entry.
OCT 2 Dr. David Shuker

University of St Andrews UK

this event co-hosted by Naomi Pierce and Martin Nowak

Sex ratio behaviour in Nasonia wasps: towards the genetic basis of an adaptive paradigm
OCT 5 Dr. Arne Traulsen

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology

Modeling evolution: of genes, cells, and humans.
OCT 23 Dr. Daniel Kronauer

The Rockfeller University

The birth, life and death of an army ant superorganism
OCT 28 Dr. Matthijs van Veelen

University of Amsterdam

When inclusive fitness is right and when it can be wrong
OCT 30 Professor Jeffrey Gore


Games microbes play: Snowdrift game dynamics and facultative cheating in yeast
NOV 2 Dr. Patrick Goymer

Nature Publishing Group

An introduction to publishing in Nature
NOV 9 Professor Simon Gächter

University of Nottingham

Costly cooperation and punishment from a behavioral economics perspective
NOV 16 Professor Samuel Bowles

Santa Fe Institute

A cooperative species: Evolutionary models and the Pleistocene human condition
NOV 18 Dr. Matthijs van Veelen

University of Amsterdam

In and out of equilibrium: Evolution of strategies in repeated games with discounting
MAR 17 Professor Nicholas Christakis
Yale University
Eat, drink, and be merry: The spread of health phenomena in complex, longitudinally resolved social networks
MAY 6 Professor Sidney Redner
Boston University
Understanding baseball teams standings and streaks
OCT 10t Dr Zabrina Brumme
Simon Fraser University

(collaboration with Toshi Miura and Bruce Walker)
GAG/protease fitness defects in HIV elite controllers
NOV 7 Professor Peter Schuster
Professor of Theoretical Chemistry, University of Vienna, Austria. President, Austrian Academy of Sciences

This event co-hosted by Walter Fontana and Martin Nowak
The role of neutrality in molecular evolution: Novel variations of an old theme.
NOV 10 Professor Stefano Demichelis
University of Pavia, Italy
Language, meaning, and games: A model of communication, coordination, and evolution
DEC 11 Dr Orkun Soyer
Trento University, Italy
Parasite driven robustness in biological networks
DEC 18 Professor James Fowler
University of California, San Diego
Politics, biology, and the evolution of cooperation
FEB 9 Professor James J. Collins
Boston University
Engineering gene networks: Integrating synthetic biology & systems biology

powerpoint presentation
MAR 9 Satoru Takahashi
Princeton University
Community enforcement when players observe partners' past play
MAR 13 Professor Erwin Frey
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
Rock-paper-scissors games and biodiversity
APR 9 Dr. Terence Burnham
Acadian Asset Management
Caveman economics: How Charles Darwin will save Adam Smith

PDF on intentionality priming
PDF on engineering human cooperation
MAY 8 Dr. Becca Asquith
Imperial College London, UK
The cytotoxic T lymphocyte response to HIV-1 infection
MAY 29 Dr. Hyman Hartman
The origin of life
JUN 7 Professor Avner Friedman
Ohio State University
Multiscale models of tumors
JUN 8 Dr. Daniel Rankin
University of Bern, Switzerland
Population ecology and the evolutionary tragedy of the commons
JUN 12 Dr. Jeffrey Fletcher
University of British Columbia, Canada
Evolution of altruism theory: Fitness accounting methods and eausal explanations
JUN 15 Professor Emir Kamenica
University of Chicago
Dating markets: Theory and experimental evidence

gender differences in mate selection (PDF)
on racial preferences in dating (PDF)
JUN 18 Dr. Oskar Hallatschek
Department of Physics
Surfing genes:
On the fate of neutral mutations in expanding populations.
JUN 22 Dr. Joe Yuichiro Wakano
University of Tokyo, Japan
Spatial public goods games: Coexistence of cooperators and defectors through spatial pattern formation.
AUG 15 Dr. Albert Cardona
Fly brain development.
SEP 18 Professor Chip Aquadro
Cornell University
Inferences of biological function and evolutionary process from DNA sequence diversity
OCT 19 Dr. Pat Barclay
Cornell University
Social markets, cooperative signals, and the evolution of competitive altruism
NOV 27 Professor Joachim Krug
University of Cologne, Germany
Clonal interference in large populations
FEB 10 Roger Kouyos
Ecology & Evolution, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Epistasis and the evolution of recombination.
FEB 24 Professor Michael Doebeli
Departments of Zoology and Mathematics, University of British Columbia, Canada
Spatial snowdrift games and the tragedy of the commune: Some new perspectives on the problem of cooperation
MAR 24 Joe Yuichiro Wakano, PhD
Meiji Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences, Meiji University, Japan
Evolution of cooperation in continuous space public goods games
APR 4 Georg Funk, PhD
University of Basel, Switzerland
Polyomavirus infection dynamics and organ pathology
APR 24 Professor Matthew Meselson
Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences
Why does sexual reproduction exist?
APR 25 Professor Jorge Zubelli
IMPA, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
On a class of models for HIV dynamics
MAY 1 Professor Philip Holmes
Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NIMH Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research, Princeton University
Optimal decisions in the brain? From neural oscillators to stochastic differential equations
MAY 10

Niko Beerenwinkel, PhD
Computational Biology Group, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Epistasis and shapes of fitness landscapes
MAY 12 Christina Muirhead, PhD
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

This event co-hosted by John Wakeley and Martin Nowak

held at
Sherman Fairchild
Rm. 177
Balancing selection and the Moran model
JUN 9 Kazutoshi Sasahara, PhD
University of Tokyo
The roles of segmentation ability in language evolution
JUN 20 Naoki Masuda, PhD
Laboratory for Mathematical Neuroscience, Brain Science Institute
RIKEN, Japan
Heterogeneity in connectivity of habitat networks saves stable coexistence of competing species
JUL 21 Professor Martin Polz
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT
Microbial diversity in the wild: Genomes, populations, and species
SEP 5 Professor Manfred Milinski
Department of Evolutionary Ecology, Max Planck Society, Munich, Germany
Direct and indirect effects of reputation on inducing cooperation
SEP 22 Stefano Ghirlanda, PhD
Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, Italy
Irrationality in animal communication
OCT 25 Geoff Wild, PhD
University of Western Ontario
Inclusive fitness arguments for homogeneous finite populations
DEC 18 Professor Bruce Walker, MD
Harvard Medical School
HIV evolution and immune control: Perspectives from studies in Africa
JAN 28 Jessica Flack
Santa Fe Institute
Organizational mechanics or primate societies
FEB 25 Professor Reinhard Bürger
Department of Mathematics, University of Vienna, Austria
Intraspecific competitive divergence and convergence
FEB 25 Sebastian Bonhoeffer
Ecology & Evolution, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
The evolution of recombination viewed from a retroviral perspective
MAR 3 Dr. Sevan Ficici
Computer Science Department, Volan Center for Complex Systems, Brandeis University
Finite population dynamics in games with polymorphic attractors
APR 13 Professor Claus Wedekind
Hrdy Visiting Professor for Conservation Biology, SNF Research Professor, University of Bern, Switzerland
An introduction to population genetics
APR 25 Professor Randy Linder
Associate Professor, Section of Integrative Biology in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin
The nature of species
MAY 24 Kevin Foster How does cooperation evolve? The genetics of conflict resolution, and the evolution of mutualism
OCT 5 Sébastien Roch Inferring evolutionary histories by likelihood methods: Computational hardness
OCT 19 Hunter Fraser, PhD Quantitative studies of aging
OCT 24 Sergey Gavrilets
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Mathematics, University of Tennessee
The dynamics of Machiavellian intelligence
NOV 16 John Wakeley
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Coalescent processes when the distribution of offspring number among individuals is highly skewed
NOV 21 Claus Wedekind
Department of Conservation Biology, University of Lausanne
Selection on the major histocompatibilty complex and female decisions about mate choice and pregnancy
NOV 30 Arne Traulsen
Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, Harvard University

This event co-hosted by John Wakeley and Martin Nowak

held at
Sherman Fairchild
Rm. 177
A simple model for multilevel selection
DEC 12 Akiko Iwanaga
Kyushu University, Japan
Epidemiology and disease-control under gene-for-gene plant-pathogen interaction
FEB 20 Professor Reinhard Bürger
University of Vienna, Austria
Genetic models frequency-dependent selection on a quantitative trait
FEB 26 Professor Natalia Komarova
University of California, Irvine
Mathematical models of DNA replication
MAR 4 Erick Matsen
Graduate Student, Department of Mathematics, Harvard
Population learning on graphs
MAR 11 Professor Ed Stabler
University of California, Los Angeles
More dimensions of the lexical matrix
MAR 18 Professor Lorens Imhof
Institut fuer Statistik, RWTH Aachen, Germany
Stochastic replicator dynamics
MAR 25 Dr. Christine Taylor
Evolutionary Game Dynamics in Finite Populations
MAR 26 Professor Peter Michor
University of Vienna, Austria
Riemannian geometries on spaces of plane curves, and of submanifolds of a Riemannian manifold
APR 13 Professor Richard Frankham
Macquarie University, NSW
Genetics and extinction
APR 15 Professor Cedric Boeckx
Harvard University
Organizing parameters in linguistic space
APR 22 Arne Traulsen
Graduate student, Institute for Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany
Minimal model for similarity-based cooperation
APR 26 Daniel Weinreich
Harvard University
Population genetics
APR 29 Professor Michael Brenner
Harvard University
Calculating optimal designs
MAY 6 Professor John Wakeley
Harvard University
Gene genealogies and forward-time diffusion processes in a subdivided population
MAY 20 Professor Michael Turelli
University of California, Davis
Polygenic variation maintained by balancing selection: Pleiotropy, sex-dependent allelic effects and G-E interactions
MAY 21 Yoh Iwasa
Kyushu University, Japan
Who is good and who is bad? -- evolutionary game theory of moral judgment: Indirect reciprocity realized by reputation dynamics
MAY 27 Martin Willensdorfer
Graduate Student, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University
Cooperative mutation in evolutionary games
JUN 3 Kei Tokita
Cybermedia Center, Osaka University, Japan
Statistical mechanics of large complex hypercycles
JUN 4 Lee Segel
Weizmann Institute, Israel
Distributed feedback toward multiple goals for real time control of biological systems
SEPT 16 Kazutoshi Sasahara
Graduate Student, Institute of Physics, University of Tokyo
Evolution of birdsong Grammars
SEPT 16 Prof. Takashi Ikegami
University of Tokyo
Co-operation and co-creation in simulated turn-taking behaviour
NOV 17 David Dingli, MD
Fellow, Clinician-Investigator Training Program, Hematology and Molecular Medicine, and Instructor in Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Radiovirotherapy for multiple myeloma
NOV 30 Lee Smolin, PhD
Dr. Smolin is a founding member and research physicist at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Canada
Complexity and self organization in fundamental physics
DEC 2 Randy Linder, PhD
University of Texas at Austin
Why it's so hard to reconstruct reticulate species relationships
DEC 8 Thomas Pfeiffer, PhD
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Evolution pf connectivity in metabolic networks
SEPT 18 Christoph Hauert
University of British Columbia, Canada
The paradox of cooperation: Effects of spatial structure
NOV 6 Kei Tokita
Osaka University, Japan
Statistical mechanics of species abundance patterns.
NOV 25 Erez Lieberman
Applied Mathematics
First results in evolutionary graph theory.
DEC 18 Akira Sasaki
Kyushu University, Japan
Large shifts in pathogen virulence relate to host population structure.
ped_seminar_jan_30-2013.pdf55 KB
ped_seminar_feb_21-2013.pdf50 KB
ped_seminar_april_25-2013.pdf50 KB
ped_seminar_may_15-2013.pdf50 KB
ped_seminar_may_20-2013.pdf47 KB
ped_seminar_oct_21-2013.pdf51 KB
ped_seminar_oct_28-2013.pdf47 KB
ped_seminar_dec_5-2013.pdf48 KB
ped_seminar_dec_9-2013.pdf51 KB
ped_seminar_feb_23-2012.pdf48 KB
ped_seminar_apr_13-2012.pdf52 KB
ped_seminar_apr_16-2012.pdf64 KB
ped_seminar_july_25-2012.pdf55 KB
ped_seminar_nov_26-2012.pdf56 KB
ped_seminar_dec_3-2012.pdf48 KB
ped_seminar_oct_8-2014.pdf30 KB