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David Krakauer Selected as the Santa Fe Institute's Next President


David Krakauer, an evolutionary theorist and director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been selected as the Santa Fe Institute’s next president. He plans to join the Institute on August 1, 2015.
17-Dec-2014 7:00 AM EST

Indigenous Societies' 'First Contact' Typically Brings Collapse, but Rebounds Are Possible

An analysis led by the Santa Fe Institute's Marcus Hamilton paints a grim picture of the experiences of indigenous societies following contact with Western Europeans, but also offers hope to those seeking to preserve Brazil’s remaining indigenous...
3-Apr-2014 10:40 AM EDT

Ancient Food Webs Developed Modern Structure Soon After Mass Extinction


Analysis of a highly detailed picture of feeding relationships among 700 species from a 48 million year old ecosystem provides the most compelling evidence to date that ancient food webs were organized much like modern food webs.
19-Mar-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Great Exaptations: Most Traits Emerge for No Crucial Reason

In Nature this week, Santa Fe Institute External Professor Andreas Wagner and University of Zurich colleague Aditya Barve, by simulating changes in an organism’s metabolism, show that most traits may emerge as non-crucial "exaptations" rather than...
15-Jul-2013 1:00 PM EDT

Does Including Parasites Upset Food Web Theory? Yes and No, Says New Paper


A new paper in PLOS Biology this week shows that taking the unusual step of including parasites in ecological datasets does alter the structure of resulting food webs, but that's mostly due to an increase in diversity and complexity rather than the...
14-Jun-2013 1:10 PM EDT

Study Suggests Homeric Epics Were Written in 762 BCE, Give or Take

One of literature’s oldest mysteries is a step closer to being solved. A new study dates Homer's The Iliad to 762 BCE and adds a quantitative means of testing ideas about history by analyzing the evolution of language.
27-Feb-2013 4:50 PM EST

How Men and Women Organize Their (Online) Social Networks Differently

A new quantitative study of data assembled from the online multiplayer game Pardus examines ways men and women manage their social networks drastically different, even online.
7-Feb-2013 9:00 AM EST

Research Seeks Data to Help Preserve Landscapes on Which Indigenous Human Groups Depend

Research by a Santa Fe Institute researcher and his collaborators at the University of Missouri seeks better data that could help preserve the threatened landscapes on which indigenous human groups depend.
12-Dec-2012 1:55 PM EST

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