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Adi Livnat

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Ph.D.

  • B.S. in Biological Sciences, Stanford University, 2001
  • M.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, 2003
  • Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, 2006
  • Miller Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley, 2007 - 2011

Major Field of Interest

Evolutionary theory; population genetic modeling; behavioral ecological modeling; the evolution of recombination; modularity; conflict and cooperation; research at the interface of computer science and evolutionary biology.

Selected Publications

Chastain, E., Livnat, A., Papadimitriou, C., and Vazirani, E. 2014. Algorithms, games and evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 111:10620–10623.

Livnat, A., Papadimitriou, P., Rubinstein, A., Wan, A. and Valiant, G. Satisfiability and evolution. 2014 FOCS (to appear).

Livnat, A. 2013. Interaction-based evolution: how natural selection and nonrandom mutation work together. Biology Direct, 8:24.

Livnat, A., Papadimitriou, C. and Feldman, M. W. 2011. An analytical contrast between fitness maximization and selection for mixability. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 273: 232–234.

Livnat, A., Papadimitriou, C., Pippenger, N. and Feldman, M. W. 2010. Sex, mixability and modularity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 107:1452–1457. 

Livnat, A., Papadimitriou, C., Dushoff, J. and Feldman, M. W. 2008. A mixability theory for the role of sex in evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 105:19803–19808.

Livnat, A. and Pippenger, N. 2008. Systematic mistakes are likely in bounded-optimal decision making systems. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 250:410–423.              

Livnat, A. and Pippenger, N. 2006. An optimal brain can be composed of conflicting agents. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 103:3198–3202.  

Livnat, A., Pacala, S. W. and Levin, S. A. 2005. The evolution of intergenerational discounting in offspring quality. The American Naturalist, 165:311–321.

  • (540) 231-2513
  • adi@vt.edu
  • Department of Biological Sciences (0406)
    Derring Hall RM 4076
    1405 Perry Street
    Blacksburg, VA 24061
    United States