Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Reed Austin Cartwright

Current Position

Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Genetics
Bioinformatics Research Center
North Carolina State University
Campus Box 7566
Raleigh, NC 27695-7566


  1. Population Genetics & Evolutionary Biology
  2. Biological Theory & Computational Biology
  3. Bioinformatics
  4. Biology Education
  5. Evolution of Language Ability
  6. Geographical Genetics & Genetic Structure
  7. Individually Based, Spatially Explicit Evolutionary Models
  8. Frequency-Dependent Selection

Grant Support

  1. NSF Predoctoral Fellowship
  2. Graduate Research Assistantships on NSF and NIH grants


  1. PhD Genetics (University of Georgia, 2006)
    1. Advisors: Wyatt Anderson and Paul Schliekelman
    2. Late Advisor: Marjorie Asmussen
    3. Committee Members: John Wares, Jessica Kissinger, Jim Hamrick, Ron Pulliam
  2. BS Genetics, cum laude with honors (University of Georgia 2000)
  3. AB Latin, cum laude with honors (University of Georgia 2000)

Honors and Awards

  1. NSF Predoctoral Fellow
  2. 2006 Scholarship to the Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics
  3. 2005 Carmon Scholarship for computational biology research
  4. Phi Beta Kappa
  5. Warlick-Mannion Classical Scholar
  6. Golden Key
  7. Dean’s List
  8. Presidential Scholar
  9. Kossack Calculus Prize (2nd) (1998)
  10. Who’s Who in America’s Colleges and Universities
  11. AP National Scholar
  12. Cum Laude Society
  13. National Honor Society


  1. Married to Tiffany Andrews Cartwright since August 2002
  2. Hometown: Athens, GA

Languages Studied

Latin, Greek, Sanskrit

Programming Experience

C/C++, Perl, Matlab, Java, Xhtml, Bison/Flex, R, Mathematica, Ruby

Teaching Experience

  1. Graduate Laboratory Assistant, Introductory Biology (Spring 2006)
  2. Graduate Teaching Assistant, Evolutionary Biology (Fall 2005)
  3. Graduate Teaching Assistant, Introductory Genetics (Fall 2002)

Work Experience

  1. Research Technician for Dr. Marjorie Asmussen (2001)
  2. Undergrad Worker for Dr. Marjorie Asmussen (2000)
  3. Computer Technician, Kitchen Staff, Office Staff, et al.

Critically Peer-Reviewed Papers

  1. Comai L and Cartwright RA (2005) “A toxic mutator and selection alternative to the non-mendelian, RNA cache hypothesis for hothead reversion.” Plant Cell 17:2856-2858.
  2. Cartwright, R.A. (2005) “DNA Assembly With Gaps (Dawg): Simulating Sequence Evolution.” Bioinformatics 21 (Suppl. 3): iii31-iii38.
  3. Asmussen MA, Cartwright RA, Spencer HG. (2004) “Frequency-dependent selection with dominance: A window onto the behavior of the mean fitness.” Genetics 167 (1): 499.

Other Papers and Articles

  1. Musgrave IF, Reuland S, and Cartwright RA (2004) Theory is as Theory Does. The Panda’s Thumb.
  2. Cartwright RA (2004) Ignorance excludes evolution. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jan 28.
  3. Cartwright RA and Theobald DL (2003) Citing Scadding (1981) and Misunderstanding Vestigiality. Talk.Origins Archive
  4. Cartwright RA (2001) Genetic Barriers Don’t Exist. Talk.Origins Archive Post of the Month: July

Websites Managed

  1. The Panda’s Thumb,, winner of a 2005 Science and Technology Web Award from Scientific American
  2. De Rerum Natura,
  3. Georgia Citizens for Integrity in Science Education,
  4. Citizens For Science,
  5. Scitus,
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