Marcus W. Feldman is a professor of biological sciences at Stanford University. He uses applied mathematics and computer modeling to simulate and analyze the process of evolution. Specific areas of research include the evolution of complex genetic systems that can undergo both natural selection and recombination and the evolution of learning as one interface between modern methods in artificial intelligence and models of biological processes, including communication. He also studies the evolution of modern humans using models for the dynamics of molecular polymorphisms, especially DNA variants. He is one of the originators of the quantitative theory of cultural evolution, which he applies to issues in human behavior. Dr. Feldman has a large research program on demographic issues related to the sex ratio in China. He is managing editor of Theoretical Population Biology and associate editor of Genetics, Human Genetics, Annals of Human Genomics, Annals of Human Biology, and Complexity.
Dr. Feldman is a member of the American Society of Naturalists, former editor of The American Naturalist, a member of the American Society of Human Genetics, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the California Academy of Science. His work received the "Paper of the Year 2003" award in all of biomedical science from The Lancet. He has been awarded an honorary doctorate of philosophy by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is an Honorary Professor at Bejing Normal University and Xi'an Jiaotong University. He is the author of more than 390 scientific papers and six books on evolution, ecology, demography, and mathematical biology. He received his B.Sc. in 1964 from the University of Western Australia, his M.S. in 1966 from Monash University, Australia, and his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1969.