Casey Dunn

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Casey Dunn examines how evolution has generated a diversity of life. Studying the evolution of morphology and genomes in an integrated framework, his lab currently researches the relationships between major groups of animals, the evolution of Cnidaria – a diverse group that includes corals, jellyfish and hydroids – and the evolution of colony deep-sea superorganisms called siphonophores. Casey founded CreatureCast, a collaborative blog about zoology, which is cross-posted by Nature and has been featured by a wide range of outlets including NPR’s Science Friday and boingboing.net. Casey’s research paints a sharper picture of both the actual history of life on Earth and general properties of evolution that have contributed to these historical patterns.
  • Fellow 2010 Social Innovation Fellows
  • Fellow PopTech 2010
  • Faculty PopTech 2012
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The World Rebalancing: Additional speakers announced for PopTech 2011!

The World Rebalancing: Additional speakers announced for PopTech 2011!

Quick takes: 2010 Science Fellows at a glance

Next week we’ll be announcing the second class of PopTech Science and Public Leadership Fellows, a corps of highly visible and socially engaged scientific leaders who embody science as an essential way of thinking, discovering, understanding and deciding.

In preparation, we thought we’d revisit the significant work of our inaugural class of 2010 Science

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This week in PopTech: Algorithms, influence and consumption

This week in PopTech: Algorithms, influence and consumption

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

MIT economist and co-founder of the Poverty Action Lab Esther Duflo (PopTech 2009) has been named one of TIME’s 100 most influential people of 2011.

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Casey Dunn wins the Waterman, untangles DNA and promotes open science

Casey Dunn wins the Waterman, untangles DNA and promotes open science

Casey Dunn is a biologist who draws upon an eclectic set of interests. His lab at Brown University studies how evolution gave rise to the diversity of life.  In particular, he studies siphonophores, giant colonial, connected ‘superorganism’ jellyfish that are one of the longest animals in the world (they grow to be 100+ feet long in the open ocean).

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2010 Science Fellow Casey Dunn: Superorganisms

2010 Science Fellow Casey Dunn: Superorganisms

Casey Dunn is rethinking what individuality means.

The biologist and 2010 Science and Public Leadership Fellow studies the origins of biological complexity and diversity. Dunn is fascinated by deep-sea superorganisms known as siphonophores, which can reach more than 100 feet long. Challenging the definitions of individuality, siphonophores function as a single

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