About

jp

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Fishes Research Unit of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. I will be joining the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse and the Université Toulouse 1 Capitole as an assistant professor in social sciences in September 2017.

I am mainly interested in evolutionary game theory, social evolution theory, and their applications to the private provision of collective goods and the evolution of cooperation in both unstructured and structured populations. I use mathematical models to investigate how individuals with conflicting interests overcome social dilemmas and cooperate with each other in a wide array of contexts, ranging from the secretion of extracellular compounds in microbes and group formation in early multicellular organisms to collective action and voting participation in humans.

Currently, I’m working on a research project (funded by The Future Ocean and in collaboration with Oscar Puebla and Georg Nöldeke) using game theory to investigate the evolutionary dynamics of egg trading in simultaneous hermaphrodites.