Lee Altenberg is an evolutionary theoretician making advanced mathematical models of evolutionary dynamics focusing on the evolution of information transmission and variational properties of organisms. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa. His research focuses on the dynamics of evolutionary processes, and he is particularly interested in higher order phenomena such as the evolution of evolvability, the evolution of the genotype-phenotype map, including modularity, and the evolution of genetic systems. His work also addresses theoretical problems in evolutionary computation.
Altenberg has also worked in conservation on Maui as a part of what he considers to be "an evolutionary biologist's professional obligation to preserve the products of evolution that bless Hawai`i so remarkably."