Tag Archives: Avida

BEACON Researchers at Work: Testing Phylogenetic Inference with Experimental Evolution

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Cory Kohn. Skepticism. This is generally an important characteristic of scientists. Why would an attitude that is to be avoided in polite conversation act as a useful, … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: A Tyrannosaurus and a virus walk into a bar…

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work post is by MSU graduate student Alita Burmeister. … the scientist asks “Hey, what do you two have in common?” This summer I met Sue the T. rex. Her fossil remains are the largest, … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Exploring the evolution of navigation

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU postdoc Frank Bartlett. Over the years, my research has focused primarily on understanding mechanisms of navigation behavior. My interest in navigation probably stems in part from my complete inability … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Mathematical modeling of evolution

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work post is by MSU graduate student Masoud Mirmomeni. I bet that the very first time you saw this kind of picture, an unconscious “ahh!” came out. Well, it worked on me. But now, I … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Studying the evolution of sociality with real and digital hyenas

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU postdoc Aaron Wagner. The evolution of sociality is one of the most fascinating and productive topics in evolutionary biology. Though it is often very useful to look to social … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Evolution of Higher Mutation Rates

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of Washington graduate student Tasneem Pierce. When I started as an undergraduate in BEACON a year ago, I kept hearing about Avida and how powerful it is to study … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Evolving digital organisms in physically realistic environments

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work post is by MSU undergraduate student Jacob Walker. In the fall of my freshman year of college I joined a laboratory that would define my undergraduate career. I became an assistant for the Evolving … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Speciation in Digital Organisms

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work post is by MSU graduate student Carlos Anderson. That the structure and laws of our universe enabled the origin of life is an incredible coincidence. Without the gravity that aggregates matter into galaxies, stars, … Continue reading

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