Brian Connelly

Brian ConnellyI am an NSF postdoctoral fellow working in the Kerr Lab at the University of Washington and  the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action. I use computational, mathematical, and microbial systems to understand the role that ecology, including both the environment and the interactions occurring among individuals, plays in the evolution of cooperation. I also study the adaptations that allow cooperators to persist in ever-changing environments—even when cooperation is not a viable strategy. Through my research, I hope to gain key insights into the origins of cooperation and an understanding of how it evolves. It can also be instrumental in a wide range of applications from the development of new treatments for bacterial infections to engineering better communication systems.