A computer scientist by training, an evolutionist by historical accident, an academic against better judgement, and a professional wanderer by choice. That pretty much sums it up!
I have a PhD in Computer Science, and work mostly in the area of Computational Biology. My recent work focuses on theoretical and computational aspects of autocatalytic sets in the context of the origin of life.
As a graduate student I spent several years at the Santa Fe Institute (roughly 1995-2001), which largely shaped my scientific outlook. After that I worked on many short-term research and teaching projects all over the world. I also occasionally offer computational services to science and business on a freelance/consulting basis as SmartAnalytiX.com. Currently I am on a research fellowship at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI) in Klosterneuburg, Austria. Watch the short movie below for a brief personal explanation of my research project there, or the longer one for a more detailed introduction.
Besides my scientific interests, I have two other big passions: travel and the outdoors. My work has taken me all around the world, and I regularly take time off in between jobs to travel some more. My main motivation for traveling is to see the natural beauty of this world. Anywhere I go, I try to do at least a few hiking trips. I regularly post some pictures of these hikes.
During my years as a graduate student I used to do quite a bit of drawing. Unfortunately I'm not really active with this anymore, but here is an overview of my personal drawings from many years ago...
I believe in Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists,
not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings.
--- Albert Einstein