Dr. Suzanne Sadedin
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Postdoctoral research fellow in theoretical biology, Monash University

I'm interested in the origins of diversity at several scales - including species in ecosystems, ecotypes within species, and cultural variation among people. I also study the interaction between evolution and self-organization more generally, especially co-evolution of social structures and individual behavior. I mostly use agent-based and cellular automata models.

I work in Professor David Green's lab and you'll find some of my simulations at his VLab

What I'm reading


email Suzanne.Sadedin[at]infotech.monash.edu.au
phone +613 9905 3298
office Room 225 Building 63.
address Clayton School of Information Technology, Monash University, Vic. 3800, Australia


Genespace is a free, spatially explicit, individual-based model developed to examine long-term interactions between sexual selection, ecological selection, and environmental heterogeneity in complex two-dimensional landscapes. If you are interested in sexual selection, mate choice models, hybrid zone evolution or parapatric speciation, you are welcome to download the simulation and explore its behavior. It can be configured to represent a wide range of ecological, genetic and behavioral scenarios.


2009 2008
  • Sadedin, S., Paperin, G., and Leishman, T. (eds.) 2008. Proceedings of the 12th Asia Pacific Symposium on Intelligent and Evolutionary Systems.
  • Sadedin, S. 2008. Evolution of neutral memeplexes in a spatially explicit agent-based model. Proceedings, The 12th Asia Pacific Symposium on Intelligent and Evolutionary Systems. Melbourne, Australia.
  • Green, D.G., Sadedin, S. and Leishman, T.G. 2008. Systems Theory - Self-Organization. Pp. 3195-3203 in S.E. Jørgensen & B. Fath, eds. Encyclopedia of Ecology Vol. 4, Elsevier.
  • Paperin, G., Sadedin, S. Green, D.G., Dorin, A. 2008. Holey fitness landscapes and the maintenance of evolutionary diversity. Pp. 450-457. in Bullock, S., Noble, J., Watson, R., Bedau, M. (eds.). 11th International Conference on Artificial Life (ALife XI). MIT Press. pdf
2007 2006
  • Sadedin, S. 2006. Adaptation and self-organization in spatial models of speciation. Interjournal Complex Systems, 1632. pdf
  • Sadedin, S. 2006. A simple model for the evolution of irreducible complexity. Technical report, Clayton School of Information Technology, Monash University. pdf
  • Green, D.G., Klomp, N.I., Rimmington, G.R. & Sadedin, S. 2006. Complexity in Landscape Ecology. Amsterdam: Springer-Verlag. Amazon
  • Green, D.G., Leishman, T.G. and Sadedin, S. 2006. The emergence of social consensus in simulation studies with Boolean networks. Proceedings, PAAA World Congress on Social Simulation, Kyoto, Japan.pdf
  • Green, D.G., Leishman, T.G. and Sadedin, S. 2006. Dual phase evolution: a mechanism for self-organization in complex systems. Interjournal Complex Systems, 1861. pdf
2005 and prior
  • Green, D.G. and Sadedin, S. 2005. Interactions matter: complexity in landscapes and ecosystems. Ecological Complexity 2, 117-130.pdf
  • Sadedin, S. 2005. Selection, space and diversity: What can biological speciation tell us about the evolution of modularity? Lecture Notes in Computer Science 3611, 1131-1144.pdf
  • Halley, J.D., Warden, A.C., Sadedin, S. and Li, W. 2004. Rapid self-organized criticality: Fractal evolution in extreme environments. Physical Review E, 036118.pdf
  • Sadedin, S., Dybiec, B., and Briscoe, G. 2003. A toy model of faith-based systems evolution. Physica A 323, 715-725. pdf
  • Sadedin, S. and Littlejohn, M.J. 2003. A spatially explicit individual-based model of reinforcement in hybrid zones. Evolution 57, 962-970. pdf
  • Sadedin, S., Dybiec, B., and Briscoe, G. 2002. Evolution of faith-based systems. In CSSS 2002 Students Papers, Santa Fe Institute.
  • Sadedin, S. and Elgar, M.A. 1998. The influence of flock size and geometry on the scanning behaviour of spotted turtle doves, Streptopelia chinensis. Australian Journal of Ecology 23, 177-180.


  • 1994 - 1999 BA/BSc(Hons: Zoology) The University of Melbourne. Majors: Psychology and Zoology. Honours advisor: Professor Murray Littlejohn. Thesis: "An individual-based model of frog hybrid zone evolution, with implications for the reinforcement hypothesis"
  • 2000 - 2004 Ph.D. School of Biological Sciences, Monash University. Advisors: Professor Martin Burd and Professor Murray Littlejohn. Thesis: "Spatially explicit agent-based models of speciation by reinforcement and cultural evolution"
  • 2005 onwards. Research fellow, Clayton School of Information Technology, Monash University. PI, Australian Research Council Discovery Grant "Gene flow and genetic diversity in heterogeneous landscapes".
  • 2007 Postdoctoral research associate, Gavrilets Lab , Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee