As a software developer, I recently founded Haygoodness L.L.C., which develops software for managing and analyzing DNA samples, DNA sequences, and related materials and data. (The company is so new that it doesn't have a web site yet. Please send inquiries to email@example.com.) I'm also the founder of CardVine, which provides CardVine cards on computers and smartphones - like business cards, but with superpowers! Previously, I created Evarium, a Facebook application that did animated simulations of organic evolution under sexual selection and conflict. I also contributed to SICStus Prolog, a full-featured and widely used implementation of the Prolog programming language.
As a biologist, I study evolution, ecology, genetics, and genomics, especially relationships among traits, pathways, functions, and genes and their evolutionary causes and consequences. My work is mathematical, computational, and statistical. For example, colleagues and I devised statistical analyses indicating that regulatory regions of many genes underlying neural development and function have evolved adaptively in the human lineage (Haygood et al, 2007). We also performed a meta-analysis showing that this finding is consonant with other surveys of non-protein-coding regions of the human genome but not with surveys of protein-coding regions (Haygood et al., 2010), affirming a long-standing conjecture that human cognition has evolved primarily through changes in gene regulation.
I have a bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics from the University of California, Irvine, a master's degree in physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a doctorate in population biology from the University of California, Davis; at Davis, my dissertation won the Merton Love award for best dissertation of the year on evolution, ecology, or ethology. I held postdoctoral fellowships in zoology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and biology at Duke University; at Duke, I was supported by a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biological Informatics. In 2009, I left academia, having concluded I could pursue my interests more happily and productively as an independent entrepreneur.