Kristin N Crouse

20172022

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Research interests

My research involves using agent-based models combined with lab and field research to test a broad range of hypotheses in biology. I specialize in creating models of biological systems for research and education in genetics, evolution, demography, ecology, and behavior. For my PostDoc, I am currently developing an agent-based model of animal cell systems to investigate the epigenetic mechanisms that influence cell behavior. For my PhD work, I created a model, B3GET, which simulates the evolution of virtual primates to better understand the relationships between growth and development, life history and reproductive strategies, mating strategies, foraging strategies, and how ecological factors drive these relationships. I have also conducted fieldwork to inform the modeled behavior of these virtual organisms. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Anthropology, University of Minnesota

Award Date: Jan 31 2022

BA, Anthropology, University of Minnesota

Award Date: May 1 2012

BS, Astronomy/Astrophysics, Indiana University

Award Date: May 1 2007

Research Interest Keywords

  • agent-based modeling
  • evolution
  • ecology
  • epigenetics
  • anthropology

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