PhD Student, Department of Physics
Research Interests: Origin of Life, Astrobiology, information processing in chemical and biological systems, statistical physics, phase transitions, statistical inference, replicator dynamics.
Education: BS in Physics from San Francisco State University
Current Research: Recently I have been investigating replicator models constrained by prebiotic chemistry to understand selection on primitive life. I suspect that most major transitions in evolution can be understood as phase transitions in the framework of statistical physics. I hope to identify the universality classes of theoretical models for the origin of life. I am also exploring the possibility of using statistical inference to connect observed geochemical and astrophysical data with these theoretical model in order to make testable predictions about terrestrial and extraterrestrial environments.
Personal: I am an avid backpacker, music listener, bicyclist, traveler and paintball player. Growing up in the phoenix area, most of my backpacking has been in the southwest, although I've been exploring more of the Pacific Northwest recently and I love it. I tend to listen to indie rock music, with influences from pop-punk, ska and electro-rock, but I'll listen to anything twice. I've seen almost all of the continental US and I've traveled a bit in Europe; Alaska and Patagonia are at the top of my to-see list. When I paintball I mostly play dorito insert. I like hanging out with dogs, getting into the mountains, swimming in the ocean, lakes and rivers, street art and talking about complex issues over drinks.