Mike Steel

Distinguished ProfessorMike Steel

International Student Co-ordinator
Jack Erskine 623
Internal Phone: 92153

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

Research interests are applications of discrete mathematics (combinatorics, graph theory) and probability theory to contemporary problems in biology.

Recent Publications

  • Gabora L. and Steel M. (2020) A model of the transition to behavioural and cognitive modernity using reflexively autocatalytic networks: A model of the transition to behavioural and cognitive modernity using reflexively autocatalytic networks. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 17(171) http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2020.0545rsif20200545.
  • Gabora L. and Steel M. (2020) Modeling a Cognitive Transition at the Origin of Cultural Evolution Using Autocatalytic Networks. Cognitive Science 44(9) http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cogs.12878.
  • Gascuel O. and Steel M. (2020) A Darwinian Uncertainty Principle. Systematic Biology 69(3): 521-529. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/sysbio/syz054.
  • Sevillya G., Doerr D., Lerner Y., Stoye J., Steel M., Snir S. and Thorne J. (2020) Horizontal Gene Transfer Phylogenetics: A Random Walk Approach. Molecular Biology and Evolution 37(5): 1470-1479. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msz302.
  • Steel M., Hordijk W. and Kauffman SA. (2020) Dynamics of a birth–death process based on combinatorial innovation. Journal of Theoretical Biology 491 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtbi.2020.110187.