Richard Lenski

Richard Lenski
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Evolutionary biology

Hannah Distinguished Professor of microbial ecology

  • Ecology Evolutionary Biology and Behavior; Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences; Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; College of Natural Science
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An expert in the ecological processes and genetic mechanisms that cause evolutionary change. Studies microorganisms in order to test evolutionary hypotheses by direct experimentation. Also looks at the evolution of artificial life, in the form of self-replicating computer programs that mutate at random, compete for CPU time and, thereby, adapt by natural selection to become faster and more efficient replicators.