Dr. Adi Livnat

Dept. of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology

and Institute of Evolution

University of Haifa


email: alivnat@univ.haifa.ac.il






Princeton University, Ph.D. 2006

Princeton University, M.A. 2003

Stanford University, B.S. with Honors  2001




Visiting Scholar, Program in Evolutionary Biology and the Theory of Computing, Simons Institute, UC Berkeley. 2014

Miller Research Fellow, Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science, Berkeley, CA. 2007-2009

Burroughs-Wellcome Fellowship, Princeton University. 2002-2004

Stanford University Firestone Award for Excellence in Research, 2001.




Evolutionary theory; population genetics; the evolution of sex and recombination; mutational mechanisms; modularity; conflict and cooperation; research at the interface of theoretical computer science and evolutionary biology.




Livnat, A. Simplification, innateness, and the absorption of meaning from context: How novelty arises from gradual network evolution. Evolutionary Biology, In Press (Online) , 2017.

Livnat, A. and Papadimitriou, C. Evolution and learning: Used together, fused together. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 31:894-896, 2016.

Livnat, A. and Papadimitriou, C. Sex as an Algorithm: The Theory of Evolution Under the Lens of Computation. Communications of the ACM, 59(11):84-93, 2016.

Chastain, E., Livnat, A., Papadimitriou, C., and Vazirani, U. Algorithms, games and evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 111:10620-10623, 2014.

Livnat, A., Papadimitriou, C., Rubinstein, A., Wan, A. and Valiant, G. Satisfiability and evolution. FOCS 2014.

Livnat, A. Interaction-based evolution: How natural selection and nonrandom mutation work together. Biology Direct 8:24, 2013.

Livnat, A., Papadimitriou, C. and Feldman, M. W. An analytical contrast between fitness maximization and selection for mixability. Journal of Theoretical Biology 273: 232-234, 2011.

Livnat, A., Papadimitriou, C., Pippenger, N. and Feldman, M. W. Sex, mixability and modularity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 107:1452-1457, 2010.

Livnat, A., Papadimitriou, C., Dushoff, J. and Feldman, M. W. A mixability theory for the role of sex in evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 105:19803-19808, 2008.

Livnat, A. and Pippenger, N. Systematic mistakes are likely in bounded-optimal decision making systems. Journal of Theoretical Biology 250:410-423, 2008.

Livnat, A. and Pippenger, N. An optimal brain can be composed of conflicting agents. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 103:3198-3202, 2006.

Livnat, A., Pacala, S. W. and Levin, S. A. The evolution of intergenerational discounting in offspring quality. The American Naturalist165:311-321, 2005.




NOTE: Students with background in biology, mathematics, computer science, bioinformatics, or others who are interested in working at the forefront of research on evolution with relevance to other fields of science and medicine can submit a CV and cover letter to alivnat@univ.haifa.ac.il.

Masters, Ph.D., Postdoc and other positions available.