People of the Morrison Institute
Morrison Institute Scholars
Marcus W. Feldman
Professor of Biology
PhD Mathematics, Stanford University
Professor Feldman’s research group uses applied mathematics and computer modelling to simulate and analyze the process of evolution, which by its very nature is statistical. It focuses on four general areas of interest. First is the evolution of complex genetic systems that can undergo both natural selection and recombination. This theory is relevant to the major histocompatibility complex of humans, a multi-gene system that influences the immune response and appears to affect the frequency of certain diseases in human populations. Second, the evolution of learning is being examined as one interface between modern methods in artificial intelligence and models of biological processes, including communication. Third, the interaction of biological and cultural evolution is being investigated as, for example, in the spread of food plant domestication across Europe, and the transmission of learned behaviors in contemporary groups. Progress in these areas is yielding insight into problems ranging from the origin and control of genetic systems to the medical control of diseases. The fourth area concerns mathematical and statistical analysis of molecular evolution, particularly microsatellite polymorphism.
Institute Associate Director
PhD, Environmental Science, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.
Shripad Tuljapurkar’s research interests cover a wide range of questions about populations, including:
Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics: stochastic population dynamics, life history evolution, stage-structured population dynamics, mark-recapture analyses, phenotypic dynamics, and evolutionary dynamics
Human Demographic Change and Contemporary Societiesincluding aging, mortality change, sex-ratio bias, social security, pensions and retirement
Prehistory and Human Evolutionincluding the demography of early agricultural populations in Hawaii and elsewhere, and the evolution of hierarchies such as chiefdoms and states
Biodemography of Lifespanin plants and animals (including humans), and in social organisms such as honeybees.
Institute Assistant Director
MA, San Francisco State University
BS, Johns Hopkins University
Mr. Collins is a professional generalist whose career has included military service, entrepreneurial business, freelance writing, and academic administration.
Shuzhuo Li, Professor
Professor and Director, Institute for Population and Development Studies, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China.
His research is focused in contemporary transitional China, including population policies, evolution of childbearing culture, uxorilocal marriages, aging and old-age support, rural-urban migrants and social networks, gender and reproductive health, girl child survival and intervention strategy and policy, gender imbalance and sustainable social development, children’s birth registration, farmer’s livelihood strategy and environmental change. He is also a leading consultant for the National Office of Care for Girls Campaign China; a member of the Advisory Committee for the National Population and Family Planning Commission of China; a member of the Social Sciences Committee of Ministry of Education of China; and a consultant to Shaanxi Provincial Government, China. He has published many papers and books both in English and in Chinese.
Professor of Genetics, Vavilov Institute of Genetics, Moscow, Russia; and Affiliate Faculty, University of Alaska-Fairbanks.
Professor Zhivotovsky’s specialty is research and analysis of the genetic structures of human populations.
Professor of Biology, University of Tokyo
Dr. Aoki’s research interests include cultural evolutionary rates and the evolution of innovative ability.
Professor of Mathemathical Biology, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Dr. Liberman’s researches mathematical biology and models associated with recombination processes and map functions.
Professor of Education in Science and Technology, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
PhD. Department of Education in Technology and Science, Physics, Technion, Israel.
Dr. Reiner researches haptics (non-verbal communication by touch), specifically, haptics in a virtual environment, the role of touch in manual expertise (especially surgical expertise and acquisition of surgical skills in virtual environments), simulated environments for evaluations of manual expertise, physics learning, simulations in virtual environments, thought experiments, and sensory experience.
Arnon Lotem, Professor of Zoology, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
Du Haifeng, Professor of Public Policy, School of Public Policy and Administration, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China
Jin Xiaoyi, Professor of Population and Public Policy, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China
Michal Arbilly, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, (Scotland) United Kingdom
Laurent Lehmann, Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Elhanan Borenstein, Assistant Professor, Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington
Marcel Salathe, Assistant Professor of Biology, Pennsylvania State University
Kevin Laland, Professor of Biology, St. Andrews University, (Scotland), United Kingdom
John Odling-Smee, Researcher Emeritus and Lecturer in Anthropology, Oxford University, United Kingdom
Freddy Bugge Christiansen, Professor of Genetics and Ecology, Department of Bioscience, University of Aarhuus, Denmark