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Manfred Laubichler

Manfred Laubichler

President's Professor and Interim Director, School of Complex Adaptive Systems, College of Global Futures

manfred.laubichler@asu.edu

480-965-5481

School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
PO Box 874501
Tempe, AZ 85287-4501

Titles

  • Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
  • President's Professor and Interim Director, School of Complex Adaptive Systems, College of Global Futures
  • President's Professor, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Director, ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems
  • External Faculty, Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Klosterneuburg, Austria
  • External Professor, Santa Fe Institute
  • Visiting Professor, Leuphana University, Luneburg, Germany
  • Visiting Scholar, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany
  • Adjunct Scientist, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole

Biography

Manfred D. Laubichler is President’s Professor of Theoretical Biology and History of Biology at Arizona State University. He and his collaborators study theoretical biology and the history of biology using both empirical and conceptual approaches. Laubichler's multi-faceted research involves tracing the role of gene regulatory networks in development and evolution, as well as studying the conceptual structure of modern and historical biology. He also studies the Theory of Complex Adaptive Systems, focusing on complexity as a unifying principle in the social and life sciences, including applications in biomedicine and the study of innovations.

Dr. Laubichler is a founding associate editor of Biological Theory, an editor of Theory in Biosciences, and also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Experimental Zoology, Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, Archive for the History of the Exact Sciences, and Edition Open Access.

Dr. Laubichler is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a former fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

Education

  • MA, History, Princeton University, 1998
  • PhD, Biology, Yale University, 1997
  • MPhil, Biology, Yale University, 1993
  • MSc, Zoology, University of Vienna, 1991

Expertise

Journal Articles

2018

Caniglia, G., B. John, L. Bellina, D. J. Lang, A. Wiek, S. Cohmer and M. D. Laubichler. 2018. The glocal curriculum: A model for transnational collaboration in higher education for sustainable development. Journal of Cleaner Production 171(Jan):368-376. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.09.207. (link )

2017

Caniglia, G., C. Luederitz, M. Groß, M. Muhr, B. John, L. Withycombe Keeler, H. von Wehrden, M. Laubichler, A. Wiek and D. Lang. 2017. Transnational collaboration for sustainability in higher education: Lessons from a systematic review. Journal of Cleaner Production 168(Dec):764-779. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.07.256. (link )

Caniglia, G., N. Schapke, D. J. Lang, D. J. Abson, C. Luederitz, A. Wiek, M. D. Laubichler, F. Gralla and H. von Wehrden. 2017. Experiments and evidence in sustainability science: A typology. Journal of Cleaner Production 169(Dec):39-47. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.05.164. (link )

2016

Caniglia, G., B. John, M. Kohler, L. Bellina, A. Wiek, C. Rojas, M. D. Laubichler and D. Lang. 2016. An experience-based learning framework: Activities for the initial development of sustainability competencies. International Journal of Sustaianbility in Higher Education 17(6):827-852. DOI: 10.1108/IJSHE-04-2015-0065. (link )

2015

Jaeger, J., M. D. Laubichler and W. Callebaut. 2015. The comet cometh: Evolving developmental systems. Biological Theory 10(1):36-49. DOI: 10.1007/s13752-015-0203-5. (link )

Laubichler, M. D. and J. Renn. 2015. Extended evolution: A conceptual framework for integrating regulatory networks and niche construction. Journal of Experimental Zoology: Part B Molecular and Developmental Evolution 324(7):565-577. DOI: 10.1002/jez.b.22631. (link )

2013

Wiek, A., M. J. Bernstein, M. D. Laubichler, G. Caniglia, B. Minteer and D. J. Lang. 2013. A global classroom for international sustainability education. Creative Education 4(4A):19-28. DOI: 10.4236/ce.2013.44A004. (link )

2012

Leimar, O., K. Hartfelder, M. D. Laubichler and R. E. Page Jr. 2012. Development and evolution of caste dimorphism in honey bees -- a modeling approach. Ecology and Evolution 2(12):3098-3109. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.414. (link )

2011

Krakauer, D. C., J. P. Collins, D. Erwin, J. C. Flack, W. Fontana, M. D. Laubichler, S. J. Prohaska, G. B. West and P. F. Stadler. 2011. The challenges and scope of theoretical biology. Journal of Theoretical Biology 276(1):269-276. (link )

Books

2009

Laubichler, M. D. and J. Maienschein eds. 2009. Form and Function in Developmental Evolution. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9780521872683.

2007

Laubichler, M. D. and J. Maienschein eds. 2007. From Embryology to Evo-Devo: A History of Developmental Evolution. The MIT Press. ISBN: 978-0262513340.

Book Chapters

2014

Laubichler, M. D. 2014. Gene regulatory networks. Pp. 393-401 In: Trefil, J. ed., Discoveries in Modern Science: Exploration, Invention, Technology. Macmillan. ISBN: 978-0028662442.

Laubichler, M. D. 2014. Homology as a bridge between evolutionary morphology, developmental evolution, and phylogenetic systematics. Pp. 63-86 In: Hamilton, A. ed., The Evolution of Phylogenetic Systematics. University of California Press. Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA. ISBN: 978-0520276581.

Renn, J., M. D. Laubichler and H. Wendt. 2014. Energietransformationen zwischen Kaffee und Koevolution. Pp. 81-84 In: Möllers, N., C. Schwägerl and H. Trischler eds., Willkommen im Anthropozän! Unsere Verantwortung für die Zukunft der Erde. Deutsches Museum. München.

2009

Laubichler, M. D. 2009. Form and function in Evo Devo: Historical and conceptual reflections. Pp. 10-46 In: Laubichler, M. D. and J. Maienschein eds., Form and Function in Developmental Evolution. Cambridge University Press. DOI: 10.1017/CBO9780511576188.002. ISBN: 9780521872683.

2007

Collins, J. P., S. Gilbert, M. D. Laubichler and G. B. Muller. 2007. Modeling in EvoDevo: How to integrate development, evolution, and ecology. Pp. 355-378 In: Laubichler, M. D. and G. B. Muller eds., Modeling Biology: Structures, Behaviors, Evolution. The MIT Press.

Laubichler, M. D. 2007. Does history recapitulate itself? Epistemological reflections on the origins of evolutionary developmental biology. Pp. 13-34 In: Laubichler, M. D. and J. Maienschein eds., From Embryology to Evo-Devo: A History of Developmental Evolution. The MIT Press. ISBN: 978-0262513340.

Laubichler, M. D. and J. Maienschein. 2007. Introduction. Pp. 1-12 In: Laubichler, M. D. and J. Maienschein eds., From Embryology to Evo-Devo: A History of Developmental Evolution. The MIT Press. ISBN: 978-0262513340.

Conference Papers

2014

Bliss, N. T., B. R. Peirson, D. Painter and M. D. Laubichler. 2014. Anomalous subgraph detection in publication networks: Leveraging truth. Pp. 2005-2009 Proceedings of the 2014 48th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers. 8th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers. Pacific Grove, CA.

Editorials

2019

Schlosser, P., D. White, K. Merrigan, K. Lackner, G. Dirks, R. Aggarwal, N. Berman, C. Boone, H. Eakin, M. Laubichler, B. Sarda and S. van der Leeuw. 2019. Recognizing the urgency of our climate crisis: ASU Global Futures Laboratory response to the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land [Editorial]. Retrieved from link

Report Chapters

2014

Laubichler, M. D. and J. Renn. 2014. Teaching the Anthropocene from a global perspective. Pp. 113-118 In: Scherer, B. M. ed., The Anthropocene Project: A Report. Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Berlin. (link )