Days before the pandemic was declared, an interdisplinary team of scientists, doctors, artists and humanities scholars came together to start a longitudinal study of cooperation and social behavior. On this website we give an overview of our emerging findings and provide links to resources from other teams who are studying cooperation in times of crisis including (but not limited to) to COVID-19 pandemic.
The Cooperation in the Apocalypse research team is grounded in psychology, but spans many universities and disciplines. More team member bios coming soon.
Athena is the Chair of the Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Alliance, Co-Director of the Human Generosity Project and Director of the Interdisciplinary Cooperation Initiative. She is an Associate Professor of Psychology at ASU.
Emergency Medicine, UNM
Joe has first hand experience with the zombie apocalypse as an Emergency Medicine Physician. He is an Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico and the host of the podcast Evolution Medicine.
Jessica's apocalypse plan is a secret so don't ask. She is a graduate student in the Aktipis Lab at ASU studying how genetic conflict and fitness interdependence manifest in human behavior.
Anthropology, Rutgers U
Lee has spent years of his life in the field doing research on cooperation in small scale societies. He is a Professor at Rutgers and Co-Director of the Human Generosity Project.
Diego Guevara Beltran
Diego sports the apocalypse casual look most days. He is a graduate student in the Aktipis Lab at ASU studying empathy, fitness interdependence and food sharing.
Psychology, Indiana U
Peter loves Braaains...
He is the Director of the Cognitive Science Program at Indiana University and Provost Professor in Psychological and Brain Sciences
Geoffrey knows his existential risk. He is an Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico and the author of several books.
Natural Resources, Cornell U
Keith's go bag is packed. He is the Assistant Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Program Leader of the New York State Extension Disaster Education Network.
Research curator, ASU
Pam defies the divisions between science and art. She is the scientific research curator for the Aktipis Lab and Maley Lab, worked at the Exploratorium for decades and is also an author, playwright and director.
English Literature, ASU
Emily's doctorate is in monsters. She is faculty at ASU and she is the host of the PBS show Monstrum.
Project Management, ASU
Cristina can't stop studying. She is a research program manager in the Aktipis and Maley labs at ASU and a doctoral student at NAU.
Other research groups and organizations studying cooperation in apocalyptic times.
Wiepking is coordinating an international team of researchers to investigate changes in generosity and charitable giving during COVID-19. You can find more information about this project at the Global Generosity Research website.
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The ASU Interdisciplinary Cooperation Initiative brings together scholars from across the disciplines who are joined by a shared interest in understanding the fundamental principles that drive cooperation.