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Carl T. Bergstrom

Professor of Biology, University of Washington

Carl Bergstrom is a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington. Dr. Bergstrom’s research uses mathematical, computational, and statistical models to understand how information flows through biological and social systems. His recent projects include contributions to the game theory of communication and deception, the use of information theory to the study of evolution by natural selection, game-theoretic models and empirical work on the sociology of science, and the development of mathematical techniques for mapping and comprehending large network datasets. In the applied domain, Dr. Bergstrom’s work illustrates the value of evolutionary biology for solving practical problems in medicine and beyond. These problems include studying drug resistance, handling the economic externalities associated with anthropogenic evolution, and controlling novel emerging pathogens, such as the SARS virus, Ebola virus, and H5N1 avian influenza virus.

Dr. Bergstrom is the coauthor of Evolution, a college textbook published by W. W. Norton and Co. He teaches undergraduate courses on evolutionary biology and evolutionary game theory, as well as the importance of evolutionary biology to the fields of medicine and public health. Dr. Bergstrom received his Ph.D. in theoretical population genetics from Stanford University in 1998; in 2001, after a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University, where he studied the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, he joined the faculty at the University of Washington.