Corina Tarnita

Theoretical biology and complex systems
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Director, Program in Environmental Studies, and the High Meadows Environmental Institute.
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Corina Tarnita is a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton University and faculty at the High Meadows Environmental Institute. Tarnita’s research centers around the emergence of complex behavior out of simple interactions, whether in individual cells or entire ecosystems. Her interests range from multicellularity to social behaviors in bacteria, insects or humans, to the effects of population structure and spatial patterns on evolutionary and ecological dynamics, to mutually dependent interactions in the context of multi-species networks. Tarnita’s primarily theoretical approach to behavior combines evolutionary dynamics, evolutionary game theory and elements of network theory. Her lab also collaborates with experimental and field ecologists, molecular biologists and evolutionary biologists on empirical studies.