Joe is a PhD candidate in the department of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology studying human evolutionary genomics with Pardis Sabeti. Previously, he completed his undergraduate in philosophy with Peter Godfrey-Smith.
Joe’s research interests center around evolution by natural selection, arguably the “most powerful theory ever”. Currently, he works on the development of algorithms to detect positive natural selection in genomic datasets, and the application of those algorithms to human populations. He has written on the adaptive evolution of consciousness in animals and in particular on the cognitive evolution of cephalopods (squids, octopuses, cuttlefishes).
Joe is involved in science outreach: he has given presentations for science educators at the Harvard Museum of Natural History and for the general public though Science in the News, where he is also a moderator for Science by the Pint. He is available to give local presentations on natural selection and human evolution through Gradwagon. He aslo works with the GSAS Science Policy Group as their Director of Communications.