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Resident Faculty

SFI Professors and Visiting Faculty are in residence for periods of one to six years.

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Luis Bettencourt

Professor, Santa Fe Institute

Tanmoy Bhattacharya

Professor, Santa Fe Institute

Scientist 5, Los Alamos National Laboratory, T-2

Sam Bowles

Professor, Santa Fe Institute

Professor, University of Siena

Jennifer A. Dunne

Professor, Chair of Faculty and V. P. for Science, Santa Fe Institute

Murray Gell-Mann

Life Trustee, Science Board

Distinguished Fellow, Santa Fe Institute

Cristopher Moore

Professor, Santa Fe Institute

Jeremy (Jerry) A. Sabloff

President, Ex Officio Trustee

Paula L.W. Sabloff

Professor, Santa Fe Institute

Geoffrey West

Science Board, Science Steering Committee

Distinguished Professor and Past President, Santa Fe Institute

David Wolpert

Professor, Santa Fe Institute

Chris Wood

Vice President, Administration and Director, Business Network

Luis Bettencourt

Professor, Santa Fe Institute

Luís M. A. Bettencourt is a Professor of Complex Systems at the Santa Fe Institute

He was trained as a theoretical physicist and obtained his PhD from Imperial College (University of London, UK) in 1996, for research in statistical and high-energy physics models of the early Universe.  He has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Heidelberg (Germany), Los Alamos National Laboratory (Director’s Fellow and Slansky Fellow) and at MIT (Center for Theoretical Physics).

He has worked extensively on cities and urbanization. His research emphasizes the creation of new interdisciplinary synthesis to describe cities in quantitative and predictive ways, informed by the growing availability of empirical data worldwide.  His research interests also include the modeling of innovation and sustainability in developing human societies, the dynamics of infectious diseases and aspects of general information processing in complex systems.   He is particularly interested in the interplay between information, structure and scale ...

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Tanmoy Bhattacharya

Professor, Santa Fe Institute

Scientist 5, Los Alamos National Laboratory, T-2

Tanmoy Bhattacharya, Ph.D., SFI Professor and TSM, Los Alamos National Laboratory, T-8. Dr. Bhattacharya attended the Indian Institute of Technology where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1982 and Master of Science degree in 1984. In 1989, Dr. Bhattacharya received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Physics from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. He then joined the Brookhaven National Laboratory at Brookhaven in Long Island as a postdoctoral fellow. After two years in Long Island, Dr. Bhattacharya moved to France to work at Service de Physique Theorique. In November 1992, he moved back to the United States to join the high-energy particle theory group at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico as a postdoc and in 1999 he became a regular staff member at Los Alamos Labs. Dr. Bhattacharya joined SFI as part time resident faculty in 2005. Dr. Bhattachary research areas include: Physics of Complex ...

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Sam Bowles

Professor, Santa Fe Institute

Professor, University of Siena


SAMUEL BOWLES, (PhD, Economics, Harvard University) is Research Professor at the Santa Fe Institute where he heads the Behavioral Sciences Program. He is also Professor of Economics at the University of Siena. He taught economics at Harvard from 1965 to 1973 and at the University of Massachusetts, where he is now emeritus professor. His recent studies on cultural and genetic evolution have challenged the conventional economic assumption that people are motivated entirely by self-interest. These have included the mathematical modeling and agent-based computer simulations of the evolution of altruistic behaviors and behavioral experiments in 15 hunter-gather and other small-scale societies. Recent papers have also explored how organizations, communities and nations could be better governed in light of the fact that altruistic and ethical motives are common in most populations.  Bowles' current research also includes theoretical and empirical studies of political hierarchy and wealth inequality and their evolution over the very ...

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Jennifer A. Dunne

Professor, Chair of Faculty and V. P. for Science, Santa Fe Institute

Jennifer A. Dunne is the Chair of Faculty and Vice President for Science at the Santa Fe Institute, where she has been on the faculty since 2007. Jennifer received an A.B. from Harvard where she studied philosophy, an M.A. in biology from San Francisco State University, a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley, and was awarded a NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biological Informatics. In 2004, she co-founded a small research institute, the Pacific Ecoinformatics and Computational Ecology Lab, which she continues to co-direct.

Jennifer’s research interests are in analysis, modeling, and theory related to the organization, dynamics, and function of ecosystems. Much of this work focuses on ecological networks, in particular food webs, which specify the complex feeding interactions among species in a given habitat. Food webs provide a way to track and quantify the flow of energy and resources in ecosystems and ...

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Murray Gell-Mann

Life Trustee, Science Board

Distinguished Fellow, Santa Fe Institute

Murray Gell-Mann is one of today’s most prominent scientists. He is currently Distinguished Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute. He is also Robert Andrews Millikan professor emeritus at the California Institute of Technology, where he joined the faculty in 1955. In 1969, he received the Nobel Prize in physics for his work on the theory of elementary particles. He is the author of The Quark and the Jaguar, published in 1994, in which his ideas on simplicity and complexity are presented to a general readership.

Among his contributions to physics was the "eightfold way" scheme that brought order out of the chaos created by the discovery of some 100 kinds of particles in collisions involving atomic nuclei. Professor Gell-Mann subsequently found that all of those particles, including the neutron and proton, are composed of fundamental building blocks with very unusual properties that he named “quarks.” That idea has since ...

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Cristopher Moore


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Jeremy (Jerry) A. Sabloff

President, Ex Officio Trustee

JEREMY ARAC SABLOFF (B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1964; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1969) is the President of the Santa Fe Institute (2009 - ). Before coming to the Santa Fe Institute, he taught at Harvard University, the University of Utah, the University of New Mexico (where he was Chair of the Department), the University of Pittsburgh (where he also was Chair), and the University of Pennsylvania (where he was the Williams Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum from 1994-2004 [and Interim Director, 2006-2007] and Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Anthropology).

He also was an Overseas Visiting Fellow at St. John's College, Cambridge, England. He is a past President of the Society for American Archaeology, a past Chair of Section H (Anthropology) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and past Editor of American Antiquity. He served as Chair of the Smithsonian Science Commission and currently is ...

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Paula L.W. Sabloff

Professor, Santa Fe Institute

Click HERE to download maps from my book, 'Mapping Mongolia: Situating Mongolia in the World from Geologic Time to the Present'.

Paula Sabloff, Professor, holds a B.A. from Vassar and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University, with a year at the University of Pennsylvania in-between. A political anthropologist, her master’s and doctorate were conducted in Mexico. After several years in higher education administration (including Executive Director of the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education in New Mexico [1983], Academic Planner for the State of New Mexico [1984], Coordinator of Strategic Planning for UNM [1984-85] and Coordinator of Strategic Planning for the University of Pittsburgh), she returned to anthropological research, this time in Mongolia.


Her research focuses on Mongolians’ changing ideas of democracy and capitalism as they leave behind socialism and adapt to democracy and capitalism. In that pursuit, she has conducted fieldwork and interviews in ...

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Geoffrey West

Science Board, Science Steering Committee

Distinguished Professor and Past President, Santa Fe Institute

Geoffrey West is a theoretical physicist whose primary interests have been in fundamental questions in physics, especially those concerning the elementary particles, their interactions and cosmological implications. West served as SFI President from July 2005 through July 2009. Prior to joining the Santa Fe Institute as a Distinguished Professor in 2003, he was the leader, and founder, of the high energy physics group at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he is one of only approximately ten Senior Fellows.

His long-term fascination in general scaling phenomena evolved into a highly productive collaboration on the origin of universal scaling laws that pervade biology from the molecular genomic scale up through mitochondria and cells to whole organisms and ecosystems. This led to the development of realistic quantitative models for the structural and functional design of organisms based on underlying universal principles. This work, begun at the Institute, has received much attention in both ...

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David Wolpert

Professor, Santa Fe Institute

David Wolpert comes from Los Alamos where he was the Ulam scholar at the Center for Nonlinear Studies.  Before that he was at NASA Ames Research Center and a consulting professor at Stanford University, where he formed the Collective Intelligence group. He has worked at IBM and a data mining startup, and been external faculty at numerous institutions (including the Santa Fe Institute).

His current research focuses on

  • i) Game theory
  • ii) The application of machine learning to both optimization and to Monte Carlo methods
  • iii) Complexity measures
  • iv) Evolution of technology
  • v) Information theory
  • vi) The foundations of physics and inference

His degrees are in physics, from UC Santa Barbara and from Princeton.

He is the author of three books, three patents, over one hundred refereed papers, and has received numerous awards.

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Chris Wood

Vice President, Administration and Director, Business Network

Chris received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1973. Following a postdoctoral appointment at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington DC, he returned to Yale as a faculty member with joint appointments in the Departments of Psychology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery. Chris left Yale in 1989 to lead the Biophysics Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a position he held until becoming the Santa Fe Institute's Vice President in 2005. At Los Alamos, Chris' group was responsible for a wide range of biophysical and physical research, including protein crystallography, quantum information, and human brain imaging. During 2000-2001, Chris served as interim director of the National Foundation for Functional Brain Imaging, a collaboration involving Harvard / Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Minnesota, and a number of academic and research institutions in New Mexico devoted to the development and application of advanced functional imaging techniques to mental disorders. Chris' research ...

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