Carl Bergstrom

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Carl Theodore Bergstrom
Born 1970/1971
Institutions University of Washington
Santa Fe Institute
Stanford University
Alma mater Stanford University
Thesis Game-theoretic models of signalling among relatives (1998)
Doctoral advisor Marcus Feldman[1]
Known for Evolution textbook[2]
Notable awards SPARC Innovator Award (2007)
Spouse Holly Ann Bergstrom[1]

Carl Theodore Bergstrom is a theoretical and evolutionary biologist and a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, with a secondary appointment at the Santa Fe Institute.[4]


Bergstrom completed his PhD at Stanford University under the supervision of Marcus Feldman[1] in 1998.


Bergstrom's work concerns the flow of information through biological and social networks[5] and the ecology and evolution, including the development of resistance, of pathogenic organisms.[6][7][8][9][10][11] He is the coauthor (with Lee Dugatkin) of the college textbook Evolution.[2]

In addition to evolutionary biology, Bergstrom's interests include the ranking of scientific journals; in 2007 he introduced the Eigenfactor[3] metrics for journal ranking.[12] This and related work on open access earned him and his father, Ted Bergstrom, the SPARC Innovator award in June 2007.[13]


  1. ^ a b c Bergstrom, Carl (1998). Game-theoretic models of signalling among relatives (PhD thesis). Stanford University. 
  2. ^ a b Dugatkin, Lee Alan; Bergstrom, Carl Theodore (2011). Evolution. New York: W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 0-393-92592-7. 
  3. ^ a b Bergstrom, C. T.; West, J. D.; Wiseman, M. A. (2008). "The Eigenfactor™ Metrics". Journal of Neuroscience. 28 (45): 11433–11434. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0003-08.2008. PMID 18987179. 
  4. ^ Carl Bergstrom's publications indexed by Google Scholar
  5. ^ Bergstrom, CT; Lachmann, M (2006). "The fitness value of information". arXiv:q-bio.PE/0510007Freely accessible [q-bio.PE]. 
  6. ^ Antia, R.; Regoes, R. R.; Koella, J. C.; Bergstrom, C. T. (2003). "The role of evolution in the emergence of infectious diseases". Nature. 426 (6967): 658–661. doi:10.1038/nature02104. PMID 14668863. 
  7. ^ Levin, B. R. (2000). "Bacteria are different: Observations, interpretations, speculations, and opinions about the mechanisms of adaptive evolution in prokaryotes". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 97 (13): 6981–6985. doi:10.1073/pnas.97.13.6981. 
  8. ^ Bergstrom, C. T. (2004). "Ecological theory suggests that antimicrobial cycling will not reduce antimicrobial resistance in hospitals". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 101 (36): 13285–13290. doi:10.1073/pnas.0402298101. PMC 516561Freely accessible. PMID 15308772. 
  9. ^ Lipsitch, M.; Bergstrom, C. T.; Levin, B. R. (2000). "The epidemiology of antibiotic resistance in hospitals: Paradoxes and prescriptions". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 97 (4): 1938–1943. doi:10.1073/pnas.97.4.1938. PMC 26540Freely accessible. PMID 10677558. 
  10. ^ Rosvall, M.; Bergstrom, C. T. (2008). "Maps of random walks on complex networks reveal community structure". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 105 (4): 1118. doi:10.1073/pnas.0706851105. PMC 2234100Freely accessible. PMID 18216267. 
  11. ^ Rosvall, M.; Bergstrom, C. T. (2007). "An information-theoretic framework for resolving community structure in complex networks". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 104 (18): 7327. doi:10.1073/pnas.0611034104. PMC 1855072Freely accessible. PMID 17452639. 
  12. ^ C. T. Bergstrom (May 2007). "Eigenfactor: Measuring the value and prestige of scholarly journals". College & Research Libraries News. 68 (5): 314–316. Archived from the original on 2010-12-09. 
  13. ^ SPARC Innovators, June 2007: Ted Bergstrom and Carl Bergstrom (WebCite copy)

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