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I am a mathematical naturalist. I combine theory, experiments, and field observations to distill mathematics from mud. At Rockefeller, I am modeling the dynamics by which complex microbial ecosystems organize into simple patterns. I have shown how nutrient competition forces dissimilar microbes to move together as a front and evolve similar behaviors. As a graduate student, we showed how the geometries of river networks, on Earth and Mars, and microbial fossils both arise from growth in a harmonic field.

Collaborators:
Albert Libchaber
Xiao-lun Wu
Daniel Rothman
Tanja Bosak
Olivier Devauchelle
Daniel Abrams
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