Brian Connelly
I am an NSF postdoctoral research fellow working with mentors Ben Kerr (University of Washington) and Michael Doebeli (University of British Columbia) and the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action. My research focuses on the evolution of cooperative behaviors. Cooperation is everywhere in nature, from microbial communities, to ant colonies, to primate societies, and even to the trillions of cells (from hundreds of species!) cooperating within the human body. Despite this prevalence, the evolutionary origins of cooperation are often difficult to explain. How can cooperators that pay a cost to help others avoid being exploited by those that don't? I combine computational, mathematical, and microbial systems to understand how physical and social environments affect cooperation, and how cooperators can alter their behaviors to survive as conditions change.

Recent Posts

Connecting R to Everything with IFTTT
Control the entire internet from within R
June 18, 2015

Summarizing Data in Python with Pandas
Quickly group and summarize data sets with Pandas
October 22, 2013

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