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The IGERT Program in Evolutionary Modeling (IPEM) is an innovative Ph.D. training program in "Model-based Approaches to Biological and Cultural Evolution" funded by the National Science Foundation. We are currently in our final year and are not accepting applications from new students; the program terminates in May 2013. IPEM aims to integrate biological and anthropological perspectives through a shared curriculum that emphasizes adaptation and diversification in genomic, behavioral, and cultural domains, and training in models for studying evolutionary processes across these domains. Our goal is to produce professionals fluent in theory and in quantitative methods (including computational modeling, game theory, phylogenetic analysis, and other field and laboratory techniques) for analyzing evolutionary patterns and processes in non-humans and humans, in prehistory as well as in the contemporary world.

Students entered IPEM through PhD programs in the Department of Anthropology or the School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University, Pullman, or the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington, Seattle. Fellows spent at least one term taking courses or pursuing research at the sister institution, and form research teams across these universities and disciplines, allowing them to draw on relevant expertise at either sponsoring university. In addition they had the opportunity to pursue research at our partner institutions (the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico; the Centre for the Evolution of Cultural Diversity, which has branches in the UK and Canada; and Le Centre Universitaire de Recherche et de Documentation en Histoire et Archéologie, Central African Republic).

For further information on various aspects of the program, click one of the navigation links on the left.

Higlighted item:

Kristin Safi

Washington State University

MA in Anthropology, California State University- Long Beach, 2008

BA in Anthropology and English, University of Denver, 2005

My primary research interest lies in statistical phylogenetics and cultural transmission.  This research topic appeals to me because it is a method of tracking interaction and the flow of ideas through time and across space that can be empirically examined.  Chemical sourcing of materials is one method of measuring interaction between communities.  It is fairly straightforward and can detect movement of goods or people based on elemental characteristics.  Tracking the flow of ideas is not nearly as straightforward.  Ideas are often determined hard to get at archaeol

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