Alex Lalejini
I am currently a graduate student in the Digital Evolution Laboratory at Michigan State University studying Computer Science and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior.
As a computer scientist, my interests have been captured by the diverse set of algorithms encoded in the genomes of biological organisms. Many of these algorithms have been under active development for roughly four and a half billion years! My goal as a scientist is to analyze the algorithms developed by evolution. How do evolutionary processes remain open ended, continuously generating increasingly complex things? My current focus is on using digital evolution to explore the evolution of phenotypic plasticity and its role in major evolutionary transitions in individuality.
When I'm not trying to understand the development cycle of evolutionary processes, I am likely participating in a tabletop gaming session (e.g. Magic: The Gathering, Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game, Apocalypse World style RPGs, etc.). I also enjoy playing soccer, gallivanting around the world, and programming.