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Carl T. Bergstrom (he/him)

Professor of Biology, University of Washington

Photo by Kris Tsujikawa

Modeling the flow of information

I am a Professor of Biology at the University of Washington.

The unifying theme running throughout my work is the concept of information. Within biology, I study how communication evolves and how the process of evolution encodes information in genomes. In the philosophy and sociology of science, I study how norms and institutions influence scholars’ research strategies and, in turn, our scientific understanding of the world. Within informatics, I study how citations and other traces of scholarly activity can be used to better navigate the overwhelming volume of scholarly literature. Lately I've become concerned with the spread of disinformation on social networks, and I'm trying to figure out what we can do about it.






(206) 685-3487


Life Sciences Building
Department of Biology
University of Washington #351800
Seattle, WA 98195-3518

Land Acknowledgement

My home and workplace are situated on the land of the Coast Salish peoples, land that touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within Duwamish, Puyallup, Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations.

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