Santa Fe Institute

Science Steering Committee

The Science Steering Committee reviews and makes recommendations to the President on all faculty appointments, workshops, ongoing research activities, and policy issues which affect how science is conducted at SFI. The SSC consists of a subset of the Resident Faculty, External Faculty and Science Board members.

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Raissa D'Souza

External Professor

Professor, University of California, Davis, Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering

Jennifer A. Dunne

Professor, Santa Fe Institute

Vice President for Science, Santa Fe Institute

Walter Fontana

External Professor, Science Steering Committee

Professor of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School, Systems Biology

John Geanakoplos

Ex Officio Trustee, Science Board, External Professor, SSC Chair

James Tobin Professor of Economics, Yale University, Economics

Mimi Koehl

Ex Officio Trustee, Science Board Co-Chair, SSC

Professor, University of California, Berkeley, Dept. of Integrative Biology

Mercedes Pascual

Science Board, External Professor

Professor, University of Chicago, Department of Ecology and Evolution

Dan Rockmore

External Professor

Professor, Dartmouth College, Mathematics and Computer Science

Jeremy (Jerry) A. Sabloff †

President, Santa Fe Institute

Daniel L. Stein *

Science Board Co-Chair, SSC Ex-officio

Professor of Physics and Mathematics, New York University, Physics and Mathematics

Jessika Trancik

External Professor, Science Steering Committee

Atlantic Richfield Career Development Assistant Professor in Energy Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Engineering Systems Division

Geoffrey West

Science Board, Science Steering Committee

Distinguished Professor and Past President, Santa Fe Institute

Chris Wood †

Vice President, Administration and Director, Business Network

† Ex Officio Member

Raissa D'Souza

External Professor

Professor, University of California, Davis, Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering

Raissa D’Souza is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Davis, as well as an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. Her research focuses on mathematical models of self-organization, phase transitions, and the structure and function of networked systems. Her publications span the fields of statistical physics, theoretical computer science and applied math, and appear in journals such as Science, PNAS, Nature Physics, and Physical Review Letters. Raissa received a PhD in Statistical Physics from MIT in 1999, then was a postdoctoral fellow at Bell Laboratories, and later at Microsoft Research. She currently serves on the editorial board of several international mathematics and physics journals and is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Complex Systems. When not pursuing research ideas, she can typically be found outside, either scaling rocks or sailing.

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Jennifer A. Dunne

Professor, Santa Fe Institute

Vice President for Science, Santa Fe Institute

Jennifer A. Dunne is the 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 an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biological Informatics. As Vice President for Science, Jennifer manages all science-related activities at SFI, including the resident and external faculty, postdoctoral programs, seminar series, scientific visitors, working groups and workshops, sponsored research, and communications.

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 ...

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Walter Fontana

External Professor, Science Steering Committee

Professor of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School, Systems Biology

Trained as a chemist, mentored in theoretical molecular biology by Peter Schuster (Vienna), educated in evolutionary biology by Leo Buss (Yale), self-taught in computer science and charmed by the social sciences through John Padgett (Chicago), I have straddled many divides that are now coming together naturally. I have taken risks in pursuing a professional trajectory shaped by the desire for a broadly engaging cross-disciplinary environment more than by career safety. This led to my decision of resigning tenure at the University of Vienna (1994-1998) to join the Santa Fe Institute on a term-limited six year position (1998-2004).

I moved to Harvard Medical School in September 2004, attracted by a vision of systems biology that emphasized evolution and molecular physiology. A theoretician for 16 years, I was transformed by living for a while among molecular biologists and seeing the opportunities that quantitative thinking and technology bring to experimental biology. I started ...

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John Geanakoplos

Ex Officio Trustee, Science Board, External Professor, SSC Chair

James Tobin Professor of Economics, Yale University, Economics

John Geanakoplos (b. 1955) received his B.A. in Mathematics from Yale University in 1975 (summa cum laude), his M.A. in Mathematics and his Ph.D. in Economics under Kenneth Arrow from Harvard University in 1980. He started as an Assistant Professor in Economics at Yale University in 1980, becoming an Associate Professor in 1983, Professor in 1986, and the James Tobin Professor of Economics in 1994. He is currently the Director of the Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics. He was elected a fellow of the Econometric Society in 1990 and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999. He was awarded the Samuelson Prize in 1999 (for work on lifetime financial security), and was awarded the first Bodossaki Prize in economics in 1994. In 1990-1991 and again in 1999-2000 he directed the economics program at the Santa Fe Institute, where he remains an external professor ...

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Mimi Koehl

Ex Officio Trustee, Science Board Co-Chair, SSC

Professor, University of California, Berkeley, Dept. of Integrative Biology

Mimi Koehl , a Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, earned her Ph.D. in Zoology at Duke University.  She studies the physics of how organisms interact with their environments, focusing on how microscopic creatures swim and capture food in turbulent water flow, how organisms glide in turbulent wind, how wave-battered marine organisms avoid being washed away, and how olfactory antennae catch odors from water or air moving around them. 

Professor Koehl’s is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Her awards include a MacArthur “genius grant”, a Presidential Young Investigator Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the John Martin Award (Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, for “for research that created a paradigm shift in an area of aquatic sciences”), the Borelli Award (American Society of Biomechanics, for “outstanding career accomplishment”), the Rachel Carson Award (American ...

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Mercedes Pascual

Science Board, External Professor

Professor, University of Chicago, Department of Ecology and Evolution

I received my Ph.D degree in 1995 from the Joint Program of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I was awarded a U.S. Department of Energy Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship for studies at Princeton, and more recently, a Centennial Fellowship in Global and Complex Systems from the James S. McDonnell Foundation. I am currently affiliated with the Center for the Study of Complex Systems at UM and with the Santa Fe Institute as an external faculty.

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Dan Rockmore

External Professor

Professor, Dartmouth College, Mathematics and Computer Science

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Jeremy (Jerry) A. Sabloff

President, Santa Fe Institute

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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Daniel L. Stein

Science Board Co-Chair, SSC Ex-officio

Professor of Physics and Mathematics, New York University, Physics and Mathematics