Hello! You can call me Anya or, if you prefer, Prof V. I’ve broken this page into two sections: Professional Info and Fun Info. Enjoy!
2017: Dual-PhD in Computer Science & Engineering and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, & Behavior from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
2012: BA in Computer Science from Carleton College, Northfield, MN
Symbulation An agent-based modeling program to study the evolution of mutualism and parasitism between a host and endosymbiont species under varying conditions. Lead developer.
Avida An artificial life platform for the study of evolution of digital organisms. Contributions include programmed cell death, mutualists, and analysis of open-ended evolution.
Stardew Valley Evolution Mod Two modification packages for the game Stardew Valley that add evolution to the fishing and ‘slimes’. Supervisor of two students.
Minecraft Sheep Evolution Mod This is a mod for the Java version of Minecraft. It enables the evolution of Minecraft sheep via natual selection using an evolutionary algorithm. To accomplish this evolution, we modified the color, reproduction, and life cycle of sheep, as well as the hunting behavior of wolves.
- Symbulation web GUI - Maintainer
- Encyclopedia of Artificial Life - Contribuer
- Unofficial ISAL awards eligibility list - Maintainer
- Alife Assignment for Data Structures - Creator
- The Thin Line Between Parasites and Mutualists - Author
- 2020 ISAL Outstanding Student Publication Award from “Spatial Structure Can Decrease Symbiotic Cooperation”
- 2018 Grace Hopper Conference Faculty Scholarship
- NSF CAREER Sub-award, CAREER: Uncovering the strange biology of elusive Shigella phages and their roles in horizontal gene transfer (PI: Kristin Parent, PhD)
- 2012-2017 University Distinguished Fellowship, Michigan State University
- ISAL Diveristy, Equity and Inclusion Director, Chair of ISAL DEI Committee (2021)
- Organized the Teaching with Artificial Life Workshop (2020)
- Organized the Symbiosis in Artificial Life Workshop (2020)
- Evolution conference session chair and Code of Conduct moderator (2021)
- ISAL Paper Awards Committee Member (2021)
- ALIFE conference Program Committee Member (2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015)
- SIGCSE Conference reviewer (2020)
- Tapia Conference Scholarship Reviewer (2019)
- Women@GECCO Co-Organizer (2015, 2016)
Here are some random facts about me.
Name: Anya Elaine Vostinar (Johnson)
Hometown: Duluth, MN
Alma Mater: Carleton College
PhD Institute: Michigan State University
Degree: Dual-PhD in Computer Science & Engineering and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Behavior
Birthday: Feb. 22nd
Mission: Bring science to a wider audience by making it accessible to the general public and increasing STEM diversity of all under-represented groups.
Hobbies: reading sci-fi and fantasy books, knitting, games, baking, gardening
Significant Other: Joe Vostinar
Pets: Cache the wonder dog!
Plants: A lot, some include: orchids, african violets, begonia, spider plant, purple velvet plant, purple heart plant, lots of annual flowers and vegetables, peace lily, ferns, more that I have forgotten about
Favorite color: purple, silver, black
Favorite author/book: Whatever I’m currently reading. I used to say Brandon Sanderson or Anne McCaffrey, but I now love so many different authors for such different types of writing that I can’t choose
Favorite food: chocolate
Favorite animal: dragon
No, a real animal: tiger
Favorite virus: SfII
Favorite amoeba: Dictyostelium discoideum
Favorite bacteria: Vibrio harveyi
A page with links that are useful mostly for myself.