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Eric Libby

“Assistant professor at Umeå University interested in the evolution of biological complexity"

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Curriculum Vitae

Eric Libby Omidyar Fellow, Santa Fe Institute
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Email: elibby at Google Scholar

Past Positions

2009–2013: Post-Doctoral Fellow, New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study Advisor: Paul Rainey
2008–2008: AAAS Mass Media Fellow, Voice of America, Washington DC
2002–2007: Ph.D. Center for Nonlinear Dynamics, Dept. Physiology
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Thesis- [Investigations into the design and dissection of genetic networks]
Advisor: Leon Glass
1998–2002: Bachelor of Arts in Computational and Applied Mathematics, Rice University


In review
  • Hebert-Dufresne L., Allard A., Noel P-A.,Young J-G., Libby E. Strategic tradeoffs in competitor dynamics on adaptive networks. posted to arXiv link (in review at Nature Communications )

  • Libby E., Ratcliff W.C. Time-dependent fitness effects can drive bet-hedging populations extinct. posted to bioRxiv link (in review at American Naturalist)

  • Libby E., Driscoll W.W., Ratcliff W.C. Programmed cell death can increase the efficacy of microbial bet-hedging. posted to bioRxiv link (in review at Scientific Reports )

  • Postdocs of SFI including Libby E. Dynamics of beneficial epidemics. posted to arXiv link (in review at Nature Communications )

  • Kallus, Y., Miller, J., Libby E. Paradoxes in microbial trade of leaky goods. posted to bioRxiv link (in review at Nature Communications )

  • Libby E., Grochow, J., DeDeo, S., Wolpert, D. A quantitative definition of organismality and its application to lichen. posted to arXiv link (in review)

  • Tavera-Mendoza L., Westerling T., Libby E., Marusyk A., Cato L., Cassani R., Cameron L., Ficarro S., Marto J., Klawitter J., Brown M. (2017) Vitamin D receptor regulates autophagy in the normal mammary gland and in luminal breast cancer cells. PNAS published ahead of print. link

  • Kempes, C.K., van Bodegom P.M., Wolpert D., Libby E., Amend J., Hoehler T. (2017) Drivers of microbial maintenance and minimal energy requirements. Frontiers in Microbiology 8: 31. link

  • Lachmann M., Libby E. (2016) Epigenetic inheritance systems contribute to the evolution of a germline. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 371: 20150445. link

  • Libby E., Conlin P., Kerr B., Ratcliff W.C. (2016) Stabilizing Multicellularity Through Ratcheting. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 371: 20150444. link

  • Wolinsky E., Libby E. (2015) Evolution of regulated phenotypic expression during a transition to multicellularity. Evolutionary Ecology : 10.1007/s10682-015-9814-3. link

  • Wolpert D., Libby E., Grochow J., DeDeo S. (2015) “Optimal high-level descriptions of dynamical systems” in From Matter to Life: Information and Causality . Cambridge University Press.

  • Wolpert D.H., Grochow J.A., Libby E., DeDeo S. (2015) A framework for optimal high-level descriptions in science and engineering—preliminary report. (

  • Gallie J., Libby E., Jendresen CB., Bertels F., Ferguson G.C., Beaumont H.J.E., Kilstrup M., Rainey P.B. (2015) Bistability in a Metabolic Network Underpins the De Novo Evolution of Colony Switching in Pseudomonas fluorescens. PLoS Biol 13(3): e1002109.

  • Libby E., Ratcliff W.C. (2014) Ratcheting the evolution of multicellularity. Science, 346(6208):426-7.

  • Ratcliff W.C., Hawthorne P., Libby E. (2014) Courting disaster: how diversification rate affects fitness under risk. Evolution, 69(1):126-35.

  • Libby E., Kerr B., Ratcliff W.C., Travisano M. (2014) Geometry shapes evolution of early multicellularity. PLoS Comp Biol,10(9):e1003803.

  • Libby E. (2014) “Self-Organization and Emergence” chapter in Discoveries in Modern Science: Exploration, Invention, Technology. editors: James Trefil, Patricia Daniels, Donna McPhie, Craig Schiffries.

  • Machovsky-Capuska G.E., Hauber M., Libby E., Amiot C., Raubenheimer D. (2014) The contribution of private and public information in foraging by Australasian gannets. Animal Cognition, 17(4), 849-858.

  • Libby E., Rainey P.B. (2013) Eco-evolutionary feedback and the tuning of proto-developmental life cycles. PLoS One, 8(12): e82274.

  • Libby E., Rainey P. B. (2013). A conceptual framework for the evolutionary origins of multicellularity. Physical Biology, 10: 035001.

  • Libby E. (2013) “A Microcosm of Evolution” chapter in Notas de Modelacion y Metodos Numericos. Mathematical Modeling of Biological Systems: From Molecules to Populations. editors: Miguel Angel Moreles Vazquez Salvador Botello Rionda.

  • Machovsky-Capuska G.E., Hauber M.E., Dassis M., Libby E., Wikelski M.C., Schuckard R., Melville D.S., Cook W., Houston M., Raubenheimer D. (2013) Foraging behaviour and habitat use of chick-rearing Australasian Gannets in New Zealand. Journal of Ornithology. doi:10.1007/s10336-013-1018-4.

2012 and earlier
  • Libby E., Rainey P. B. (2011). Exclusion rules, bottlenecks and the evolution of stochastic phenotype switching. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological sciences. doi:10.1098/rspb.2011.0146.

  • Rainey P. B., Beaumont H. J. E., Ferguson G. C., Gallie J., Kost C., Libby E., Zhang X.-X. (2011). The evolutionary emergence of stochastic phenotype switching in bacteria. Microbial Cell Factories, 10 Suppl 1, S14.

  • Ritchie S. R., Fraser J. D., Libby E., Morris A. J., Rainey P. B., Thomas M. G. (2011). Demographic variation in community-based MRSA skin and soft tissue infection in Auckland, New Zealand. The New Zealand Medical Journal, 124(1332), 21-30.

  • Libby E., Glass L. (2010). The calculus of committee composition. PLoS One, 5(9), e12642.

  • Cardin S., Pelletier P., Libby E., Le Bouter S., Xiao L., Kaab S., Demolombe S., Glass L., Nattel S. (2008). Marked differences between atrial and ventricular gene-expression remodeling in dogs with experimental heart failure. Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, 45(6), 821-831.

  • Burstein B., Libby E., Calderone A., Nattel S. (2008). Differential behaviors of atrial versus ventricular fibroblasts: a potential role for platelet-derived growth factor in atrial-ventricular remodeling differences. Circulation, 117(13), 1630-1641.

  • Libby E., Perkins T. J., Swain P. S. (2007). Noisy information processing through transcriptional regulation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 104(17), 7151-7156.

  • Cardin S., Libby E., Pelletier P., Le Bouter S., Shiroshita-Takeshita A., Le Meur N., Leger J., Demolombe S., Ponton A., Glass L., Nattel S. (2007). Contrasting gene expression profiles in two canine models of atrial fibrillation. Circulation Research, 100(3), 425-433.

  • Wang T.-T., Tavera-Mendoza L. E., Laperriere D., Libby E., MacLeod N. B., Nagai Y., Bourdeau V., Konstorum A., Lallemant B., Zhang R., Mader S., White J.H. (2005). Large-scale in silico and microarray-based identification of direct 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 target genes. Molecular Endocrinology, 19(11), 2685-2695.