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Joan E. Strassmann
Professor
Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
 
e-mail:strassm@rice.edu
 
  • B.S. University of Michigan (1974)
  • Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin (1979)
 
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Scientia
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    Websites
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     The Strassmann and Queller Group
     The Strassmann and Queller Group
     Strassmann/Queller Lab Group
     Animal Behavior, Bios 321
     Automated DNA sequencing facility
     Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS)
     
    Research Areas
     Evolutionary biology, particularly social evolution and genetic conflicts of interest in social insects and social amoebae
     
    Research Statement
     Cooperative alliances have occurred at several important steps in the evolution of life, and have proven evolutionarily and ecologically very successful. Studying how these alliances came to be, how conflicts are subsumed into cooperation, what conflicts remain, and how they influence sociality make up my dominant research interests. Molecular techniques for phylogeny reconstruction, for determining genetic relatedness among cooperators, and for assessing who reproduces within a group have allowed us to make a great deal of progress towards understanding alliances. I have found ample material for study in the several hundred species of social wasps. However, some questions have proven more easily pursued in other organisms, so I also work with stingless bees and with the social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum and related species. The social amoeba has the advantage of a very simple social system with only two castes whose division is well understood at the molecular level. My research is done in a cooperative alliance with David Queller and a team of undergraduates, graduate students and post-docs.
     
    Research Interest
     Cooperative alliances have occurred at several important steps in the evolution of life, and have proven evolutionarily and ecologically very successful. Studying how these alliances came to be, how conflicts are subsumed into cooperation, what conflicts remain, and how they influence sociality make up my dominant research interests. I have studied a few systems over many years beginning with social wasps, then stingless bees. Currently I study social amoebae (Dictyostelium), looking at genetic conflicts of interest in the social stage in several species, kin discrimination, experimental evolution, genomics, and genes that influence social behavior, and their evolutionary history. I am also interested in the evolution of DNA microsatellites which make up nearly 10% of the Dictyostelium genome.
     
    Research Interest
     Cooperative alliances have occurred at several important steps in the evolution of life, and have proven evolutionarily and ecologically very successful. Studying how these alliances came to be, how conflicts are subsumed into cooperation, what conflicts remain, and how they influence sociality make up my dominant research interests. I have studied a few systems over many years beginning with social wasps, then stingless bees. Currently I study social amoebae (Dictyostelium), looking at genetic conflicts of interest in the social stage in several species, kin discrimination, experimental evolution, genomics, and genes that influence social behavior, and their evolutionary history. I am also interested in the evolution of DNA microsatellites which make up nearly 10% of the Dictyostelium genome.
     
    Research Interest
     Cooperative alliances have occurred at several important steps in the evolution of life, and have proven evolutionarily and ecologically very successful. Studying how these alliances came to be, how conflicts are subsumed into cooperation, what conflicts remain, and how they influence sociality make up my dominant research interests. I have studied a few systems over many years beginning with social wasps, then stingless bees. Currently I study social amoebae (Dictyostelium), looking at genetic conflicts of interest in the social stage in several species, kin discrimination, experimental evolution, genomics, and genes that influence social behavior, and their evolutionary history. I am also interested in the evolution of DNA microsatellites which make up nearly 10% of the Dictyostelium genome.
     
    Research Statement
     Cooperative alliances have occurred at several important steps in the evolution of life, and have proven evolutionarily and ecologically very successful. Studying how these alliances came to be, how conflicts are subsumed into cooperation, what conflicts remain, and how they influence sociality make up my dominant research interests. Molecular techniques including microsatellite identification and analysis, sequencing, and mutant screens have allowed us to make a great deal of progress towards understanding alliances. I work on alliances in social amoebae, especially Dictyostelium discoideum, and in social insects, especially wasps and stingless bees. My research is done in a cooperative alliance with David Queller and a team of undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs.
     
    Research Interest
     Cooperative alliances have occurred at several important steps in the evolution of life, and have proven evolutionarily and ecologically very successful. Studying how these alliances came to be, how conflicts are subsumed into cooperation, what conflicts remain, and how they influence sociality make up my dominant research interests. I have studied a few systems over many years beginning with social wasps, then stingless bees. Currently I study social amoebae (Dictyostelium), looking at genetic conflicts of interest in the social stage in several species, kin discrimination, experimental evolution, genomics, and genes that influence social behavior, and their evolutionary history. I am also interested in the evolution of DNA microsatellites which make up nearly 10% of the Dictyostelium genome.
     
    Teaching Areas
     Animal behavior, evolutionary biology
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Brock, D. A., Douglas, T. E.,Queller, D. C., Strassmann, J. E. 2011. Primitive agriculture in a social amoeba. Nature 469: 393

     
     

    Castillo, D. I., Queller, D. C., & Strassmann, J. E. Cell condition, competition, and chimerism in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum. 2011.  Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution 23: 262-273

     
     

    Douglas, TE, Kronforst, MR, Queller, DC, and Strassmann, JE.  2011.  Genetic diversity in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum: Population differentiation and cryptic species.  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution  60: 455-462.

     
     

    Kalla, S. E., Queller, D. C., Lasagni, A., Strassmann, J. E. 2011. Kin discrimination and possible cryptic species in the social amoeba Polysphondylium violaceum. BMC: Evolutionary Biology, 11:31  DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-11-31

     
     

    Kuzdzal-Fick, JJ, Fox, SA, Strassmann, JE, and Queller, DC.  2011.  High Relatedness Is Necessary and Sufficient to Maintain Multicellularity in Dictyostelium.  Science 334: 1548-1551.

     
     

    Strassmann, J. E., Page, Jr., R. E., Robinson, G. E., Seeley, T. D. 2011.  Kin selection and eusociality. Nature 471:E5-E6.

     
     

    Strassmann, JE and Queller DC.  2011. Evolution of cooperation and control of cheating in a social microbe.  PNAS 108:10855-10862.

     
     

    Strassmann, JE and Queller, DC.  2011. How social evolution theory impacts our understanding of development in the social amoeba Dictyostelium.  Develpment Growth & Differentiation  53: 597-607

     
     

    Strassmann, JE, Queller, DC, Avise, JC, and Ayala, FJ.  2011. In the light of evolution V: Cooperation and conflict. PNAS 108:10787-10791.

     
     

    Sucgang, R, Kuo, A, Tian, XJ, Salerno, W,; Parikh, A, Feasley, CL, Dalin, E, Tu, H, Huang, EY, Barry, K, Lindquist, E, Shapiro, H, Bruce, D , Schmutz, J, Salamov, A, Fey, P, Gaudet, P, Anjard, C, Babu, MM, Basu, S, Bushmanova, Y, van der Wel, H, Katoh-Kurasawa, M, Dinh, C, Coutinho, PM, Saito, T, Elias, M, Schaap, P, Kay, RR, Henrissat, B, Eichinger, L, Rivero, F, Putnam, NH, West, CM, Loomis, WF, Chisholm, RL, Shaulsky, G,  Strassmann, JE, Queller, DC, Kuspa, A, and Grigoriev, IV. 2011. Comparative genomics of the social amoebae Dictyostelium discoideum and Dictyostelium purpureum.  Genome Biology 12: R20 DOI: 10.1186/gb-2011-12-2-r20

     
     

    Xiangjun, T, Strassmann, JE, and Queller, DC. 2011. Genome nucleotide composition shapes variation in simple sequence repeats. Molecular Biology and Evolution doi: 10.1093/molbev/msq266

     
     

    Flowers, JM, Li, SI, Stathos, A, Saxer, G, Ostrowski, EA, Queller, DC, Strassmann, JE, and Purugganan, MD. 2010. Variation, Sex, and Social Cooperation: Molecular Population Genetics of the Social Amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum.  PLOS Genetics 01 Jul 2010 10.1371/journal.pgen.1001013

     
     

    Jack, C. N., *Adu-Oppong, B., *Powers, B., Queller, D. C. & Strassmann, J. E. Cost of movement in the multicellular stage of the social amoebae Dictyostelium discoideum and D. purpureum

     
     

    Kuzdzal-Fick, JJ, Queller, DC, and Strassmann, JE. 2010. An invitation to die: initiators of sociality in a social amoeba. Biol. Lett. 6:800-802.

     
     

    Mehdiabadi, N. J., Kronforst, M. R., Queller, D. C., Strassmann, J. E. 2010  Phylogeography and sexual macrocyst formation in the social amoeba Dictyostelium giganteum. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10:17

     
     

    Saxer, G, Brock, DA, Queller, DC, and Strassmann, JE. 2010. Cheating does not explain selective differences at high and low relatedness in a social amoeba. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10:76

     
     

    Strassmann, JE. and Queller, DC. 2010. The social organism: Congresses, parties, and committees. Evolution.

     
     

    Benabentos, R., Hirose, S., Sucgang, R.,Curk, T., Katoh, M., Ostrowski, E., Strassmann, J., Queller, D. Zupan, B., Shaulsky, G., Kuspa, A. 2009. Polymorphic members of the lag-gene family mediate kin-discrimination in Dictyostelium. Current Biology 19: 567-572.

     
     

    Carpenter, J. M., Hunt, J. H., Strassmann, J. E. 2009. Mischocyttarus mexicanus cubicola: Major extension of its range to Texas (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Entomologica Americana, 115:95-96

     
     

    Cotoneschi, C., Dani, F. R., Cervo, R. Scala, C., Strassmann, J. E., Queller, D. C., Turillazzi, S. 2009. Polistes dominulus (Hymenoptera, Vespidae) larvae show different cuticular patterns according to their sex: workers seem not to use this chemical information. Chemical Senses 34:195-202

     
     

    Gilbert, O., Queller D. C., Strassmann, J. E. 2009 Discovery of a large clonal patch in a social amoeba: implications for social evolution.  Molecular Ecology 18: 1273-1281

     
     

    Helanterä, H., Strassmann, J. E., Carrillo, J., Queller, D. C. 2009. Unicolonial ants: where do they come from, what are they, and where are they going? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24: 341-349

     
     

    Khare, A., Santorelli, L., Strassmann, J. E., Queller, D. C., Kuspa, A., Shaulsky, G. 2009. Cheater-resistence is not futile.  Nature, 461:980-2

     
     

    Mehdiabadi, N. J., Kronforst, M. R., Queller, D. C., Strassmann, J. E. 2009. Phylogeny, reproductive isolation and kin recognition in the social amoeba, Dictyostelium purpureum. Evolution 63: 542-548

     
     

    Queller, D. C. and Strassmann, J. E.  2009. Beyond society: the evolution of organismality.  Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 364: 3143-3155

     
     Cervo, R. Dani, F. R. Cotoneschi, C., *Scala, C., Lotti, I., Strassmann, J. E., Queller, D. C., & Turillazzi, S. 2008. Why are larvae of the social parasite wasp Polistes sulcifer not removed from the host nest? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 62:1319-1331
     
     

    Cervo, R., Dapporto, L., Beani, L., Strassmann, J. E., Turillazzi, S. 2008. On status badges and quality signals in Polistes dominulus: body size, facial colour patterns and hierarchical rank. Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences,  275:1189-1196

     
     

    Jack, C. N., *Ridgeway, J. G., Mehdiabadi, N. J., *Jones, E. I., *Edwards, T. A., Queller, D. C., Strassmann, J. E. 2008. Segregate or cooperate - a study of the interaction between two species of Dictyostelium. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 8, 293.

     
     Kronforst, M.R., Gilley, D.C., Strassmann, J.E. and Queller, D.C. 2008. DNA methylation is widespread across social hymenoptera. Current Biology 18:R287-R288.
     
     Ostrowski, E. A., Katoh, M., Shaulsky, G., Queller, D. C., Strassmann, J. E. 2008. Kin discrimination increases with genetic distance in a social amoeba. PLOS Biology 6:2376-2382, e287
     
     

    Santorelli, L. A., Thompson, C. R. L., Villegas, E., Svetz, J., Dinh, C. Parikh, A., Sucgang, R., Kuspa, A., Strassmann, J. E., Queller, D. C., Shaulsky, G. 2008. Facultative cheater mutants reveal the genetic complexity of cooperation in social amoebae. Nature 451:1107-1110.

     
     

    Afkhami, M.E. and Strassmann, J.E. "Adult yellow-crowned night-herons face in opposite directions at the nest." Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 119 (2007) : 749-751.

     
     Cervo, R. Dani, F. R. Cotoneschi, C., Scala, C., Lotti, I., Strassmann, J. E., Queller, D. C., & Turillazzi, S. How are the larvae of the social parasite Polistes sulcifer accepted into the host colony?
     
     Cotoneschi, C. Scognamiglio, F., Scala, C., Cervo, R. Strassmann, J. E., Turillazzi, S. in press, Larval sex identification in the paper wasp Polistes dominulus (Vespidae: Hymenoptera). Insectes Sociaux
     
     Gilbert, O. G., Foster, K. R., Mehdiabadi, N. J., Strassmann, J. E., Queller, D. C. Control of a cheater mutant by kin selection
     
     Kuzdzal-Fick, J. J., Foster, K. R., Queller, D. C., Strassmann, J. E. 2007. Exploiting new terrain: an advantage to sociality in the slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 18:433-437.
     
     McConnell, R., Middlemist, S. Strassmann, J. E. and Queller, D. C. An unusually low microsatellite mutation rate in Dictyostelium discoideum, an organism with unusually abundant microsatellites Genetics
     
     

    Strassmann, J.E. and Queller, D.C. "Insect societies as divided organisms: the complexities of purpose and cross-purpose." PNAS, 104 (2007) : 8619-8626.

     
     Gilbert, O. G., Foster, K. R., Mehdiabadi, N. J., Strassmann, J. E., Queller, D. C. Control of a cheater mutant by kin selection
     
     

    Jha, S., Casey-Ford, R. G., Pedersen, J. S., Platt, T. G., Cervo, R., Queller, D. C., Strassmann, J. E. "The queen is not a pacemaker in the small colony wasps Polistes instabilis and Polistes dominulus." Animal Behaviour, 71 (2006) : 1197-1203.

     
     

    Kuzdzal, J. J., Foster, K. R., Queller, D. C., Strassmann, J. E. "Exploiting new terrain: an advantage to sociality in the slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum." Behavioral Ecology and SociobiologyIn Press

     
     

    Mehdiabadi, N. J., Talley-Farnum, T., Jack, C., Platt, T. G., Shaulsky, G., Queller, D. C., and Strassmann "Social evolution: kin preference in a social microbe." Nature, 442 (2006) : 881-882.

     
     

    Strassmann, J., Queller, D., Emerson, J., Stagi, M., Cervo, C., and Turillazzi, S., "Comparing the costs and benefits of grouping with non-relatives in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum and the social wasp Polistes dominulus." Redia, 87 (2006) : 145-148.

     
     

    Castillo, D., Switz, G.T., Foster, K.R., Queller, D.C. and Strassmann, J.E. "A cost to chimerism in Dictyostelium discoideum on natural substrates." Evolutionary Ecology Research (2005) : 263-271.

     
     

    Fanelli, D., Henshaw, M., Cerva, R., Turillazzi, S., Queller, D.C., and Strassmann J. "The social parasite wasp Polistes atrimandibularis does not form host races." J. Evolutionary Biology, 18 (2005) : 1362-1367.

     
     

    Arevalo, E., Zhu, Y., Carpenter, J.M., and Strassmann, J.E. "The phylogeny of the social wasp subfamily Polistinae: evidence from microsatellite flanking sequences, mitochondrial COI sequence, and morphological characters." BMC Evolutionary Biology, 4 (2004) : 8.

     
     

    Cervo, R., Stemmer, C., Castle, W.*, Queller, D.C. and Strassmann, J.E. "Social parasitism of Polistes dominulus by Polistes nimphus (Hymenoptera, Vespidae)." Insectes Sociaux, 51 (2004) : 101-108.

     
     

    Dani, F.R., Foster, K.R., Zacchi, F., Seppa, P., Massolo, A., Carelli, A., Arevalo, E., Queller, D.C., Strassmann, and J.E., Turillazzi, S. "Can cuticular lipids provide sufficient information for within-colony nepotism in wasps?." Proc. Royal Soc. Lond. B., 271 (2004) : 745-753.

     
     

    Foster, K.R., Shaulsky, G., Strassmann, J.E., Queller, D.C. and Thompson, C.R.L. "Pleiotropy as a mechanism to stablize cooperation." Nature, 431 (2004) : 693-696.

     
     

    Platt, T., Queller, D.C., and Strassmann, J.E. "Aggression and worker control of caste fate and male investment in a multiple queen wasp, Parachartergus colobopterus." Animal Behaviour, 67 (2004) : 1-10.

     
     

    Strassmann, J.E. and Queller, D.C. "Genetic conflicts and intercellular heterogeneity. Commentary." Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 17 (2004) : 1189-1191.

     
     

    Strassmann, J.E., Fortunato, A., Cervo, C., Turillazzi, S., Damon, J.M.* and Queller, D.C. "The cost of queen loss in the social wasp Polistes dominulus (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)." Journal of the Kansas Entomological SocietyIn Press

     
     

    Toth, E., Queller, D.C., Dollin, A. and Strassmann, J.E. "Conflict over male parentage in stingless bees." Insectes Sociaux, 51 (2004) : 1-11.

     
     

    Cervo, R., Stemmer, C., Castle, W., Queller, D.C. and Strassmann, J.E. "Social parasitsm of Polistes dominulus by Polistes nimphus (Hymenoptera, Vespidae)." Insectes SociauxIn Press

     
     

    Fortunato, A., Queller, D.C. and Strassmann, J.E. "A linear dominance hierarchy among clones in chimeras of the social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum." J. Evolutionary Biology, 16 (2003) : 438-445.

     
     

    Fortunato, A., Santorelli, L., Strassmann, J.E. and Queller, D.C. "Co-occurrence in nature of different clones of the social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum." Molecular Ecology, 12 (2003) : 1031-1038.

     
     

    Landi, M., Queller, D.C., Turillazzi, S. and Strassmann, J.E. "Low relatedness and frequent queen turnover in the stenogastine wasp Eustenogaster fraterna favor the life insurance over the haplodiploid hypothesis for the origin of eusociality." Insectes Sociaux, 50 (2003) : 262-267.

     
     

    Platt, T., Queller, D.C. and Strassmann, J.E. "Aggression and worker control of caste fate and male investment in a multile queen wasp, Parachartergus colobopterus." Animal BehaviourIn Press

     
     

    Queller, D.C., Ponte, E., Bozzaro, S. and Strassmann, J.E. "Single-gene greenbeard effects in the social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum." Science, 299 (2003) : 105-106.

     
     

    Strassmann, J.E., Fortunato, A., Cervo, C., Turillazzi, S., Damon, J.M. and Queller, D.C. "The cost of queen loss in the social wasp Polistes dominulus (Humenoptera: Vespidae)." Journal of the Kansas Entomological SocietySubmitted

     
     

    Strassmann, J.E., Nguyen, J.S., Arevalo, E., Cervo, R., Zacchi, F., Turillazzi, S. and Queller, D.C. "Worker interests and male production in Polistes gallicus, a mediterranean social wasp." J. Evolutionary Biology, 16 (2003) : 254-259.

     
     

    Toth, E., Imperatriz-Fonseca, V.L., Strassmann, J.E. and Queller, D.C. "Queens, not workers, produce the males in the stingless bee, Schwarziana quadripunctata quadripunctata." Animal Behaviour, 66 (2003) : 359-368.

     
     

    E. Toth, Strassmann, J., P. Nogeria Neto, V. L. Imperatriz-Fonseca, Queller, D. "Male production in stingless bees: variable outcomes of queen-worker conflict." Molecular Ecology, 11 (2002) : 2661-2667.

     
     

    E. Toth, V. L. Imperatriz-Fonseca, Queller, D., Strassmann, J. "Genetic and behavioral conflict over male production between workers and queens in the stingless bee." Paratrigona subnuda Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 53 (2002) : 1-8.

     
     

    E. Toth, V. L. Imperatriz-Fonseca, Strassmann, J., Queller, D. "Queens, not workers produce the males in the stingless bee." Schwarziana quadripunctata quadripunctata Animal BehaviorIn Press

     
     

    Foster, K., Queller, D., A. Fortunato, Strassmann, J. "The costs and benefits of chimaerism in the social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum." Proc. Royal Soc. B., 269 (2002) : 2357-2362.

     
     

    Henshaw M.T., Queller D.C., & Strassmann J.E. "Control of male production in the swarm-founding wasp, Polybioides tabidus ." Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 15 (2002) : 262-268.

     
     

    Perttu Seppa, Queller, D. C., and Strassmann, J. E. "Reproduction in foundress associations of the social wasp Polistes carolina: conventions, competition and skew ." Behavioral Ecology , 13 (2002)

     
     

    Queller, D. C. and Strassmann, J. E. "The many selves of social insects." Science, 296 (2002) : 311-313.

     
     

    Strassmann, J. E., Sullender, B. W., Queller, D. C. "Caste totipotency and conflict in a large-colony social insect." Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences., 269 (2002) : 263-270.

     
     

    Strassmann, J., J. S. Nguyen, E. Arevalo, R. Cervo, F. Zacchi, S. Turillazzi, Queller, D. "Worker interests and male productioin in Polistes gallicus, a Mediterranean social wasp." J. Evolutionary Biology (2002) In Press

     
     Articles
     

    Robinson, GE, Banks, JA, Padilla, DK, Burggren, WW, Cohen CS, Delwiche, CF, Funk, V, Hoekstra, HE, Jarvis, ED, Johnson, L, Martindale, MQ, Del Rio, CM, Medina, M, Salt, DE, Sinha, Specht, C, Strange, K, Strassmann, JE, Swalla, BJ, and Tomanek, L. 2010. Empowering 21st century biology. BioScience 60:923-930.

     
     Strassmann, J. E. 2008. Q & A. Joan E. Strassmann Current Biology 18: R986-R988.
     
     Strassmann, J. E. and Queller, D. C. 2008. Social Evolution: Ant eggs lacking totipotency. Current Biology 18:R299-R301
     
     Strassmann, J. E. and Queller, D. C. 2007. Altruism among amoebas. 116:24-29.
     
     

    Queller, D. C. and Strassmann, J. E. "Models of cooperation." J. Evol. Biol., 19 (2006) : 1410-1412.

     
     Strassmann, J. E. 2006. Social evolution: early production of deadly males by competing queens. Current Biology in press
     
     

    Strassmann, J.E. "Rank Crime and Punishment (News and Views)." Nature, 432 (2004) : 160-162.

     
     

    Strassmann, J.E. and Queller, D.C. "Sociobiology goes micro." ASM News, 70 (2004) : 526-532.

     
     

    Queller, D.C. and Strassmann, J.E. "Eusociality." Current Biology, 13 (2003) : 861-863.

     
     

    Strassmann, J.E. and Queller, D.C. "Genetic conflicts and intercellular heterogeneity." Journal of Evolutionary Biology (2004) In Press

     
     

    Queller, D., Strassmann, J. "A quick guide to kin selection." Current Biology (2002) In Press

     
     Book chapters
     

    Strassmann, JE. 2010. Dictyostelium, the social amoeba. In: Breed M.D. and Moore J., (eds.) Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, vol 1. pp 13-519. Oxford: Academic Press.

     
     

    Queller, D. C. and Strassmann, J. E. 2010. Complex societies: eusociality and multicellularity. Westneat, D. and Fox, C. eds. Evolutionary Behavioral Ecology, 2010

     
     

    Strassmann, J. E. 2009. The social amoeba Dictyostelium, model organism for studies of social behavior and evolution. Animal Behavior Encylopedia, Elsevier

     
     

    Queller, D.C., Foster, K.F., Fortunato, A.F. and Strassmann, J.E. "Cooperation and conflict in the social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum." Social insects and sociogenetics (2003) : 173-200.

     
     Other
     

    Henshaw, M. T., Strassmann, J. E., Queller, D. C. "Swarm-founding in the Polistine wasps: the importance of finding many microsatellite loci in studies of adaptation.." Molecular Ecology, 10 (2001) : 185-191.

     
     

    J. E. Strassmann, D. C. Queller 2001. "Selfish responses by clone invaders.." Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 98 (2001) : 11839-11841..

     
     

    Seppa, P., Queller, D. C., Strassmann, J. E. "Reproduction in foundress associations of the social wasp, Polistes carolina.." Behavioral Ecology (in press)

     
     

    Strassmann, J. E. "The rarity of multiple mating by females in the social hymenoptera." Insectes sociaux, 48 (2001) : 1-13.

     
     

    Bernasconi, G. and J. E. Strassmann "From the laboratory to the field: the advantages of pleometrotic colony founding: reply." Trends Ecol. Evol., 15 (2000) : 117.

     
     

    Henshaw, M. Strassmann, J. E. Quach, S. Queller D. C. "Male production in Parachartergus colobopterus, a neotropical, swarm-founding wasp.." Ethology, Ecology and Evolution, 12 (2000) : 161-174.

     
     

    Henshaw, M. T., Strassmann, J. E., Queller, D. C. "Swarm-founding in the Polistine wasps: the importance of finding many microsatellite loci in studies of adaptation." Molecular Ecology (2000)

     
     

    Henshaw, M. T., Strassmann, J. E., Queller, D. C. "The independent origin of a queen number bottleneck that promotes cooperation in the African swarm-founding wasp, Polybioides tabidus.." Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 48 (2000) : 478-483.

     
     

    Herman, R. A., Queller, D. C., Strassmann, J. E. "Control of worker activity and queen suppression in the swarm-founding wasp, Parachartergus colobopterus.." Animal Behaviour, 59 (2000) : 841-848.

     
     

    J. E. Strassmann "Cheaters in bacteria (News and Views)." Nature, 406 (2000) : 555-556.

     
     

    Queller, D. C., Zacchi, F., Cervo, R., Turillazzi, S., Henshaw, M., Santorelli, L., Strassmann, J. E. "Unrelated helpers in a social insectv." Nature, 405 (2000) : 784-787.

     
     

    Strassmann, J. E., Seppa, P., Queller, D. C. 87:266-169. "Absence of within-colony discrimination: foundresses of the social wasp, Polistes carolina, do not prefer their own larvae.." Naturwissenschaften, 87 (2000) : 266-269.

     
     

    Strassmann, J. E., Zhu, Y., and Queller, D. C. "Altruism and social cheaters in the social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum.." Nature, 408 (2000) : 965-967.

     
     

    Zhu, Y. , Landi, M., Queller, D. C., Turillazzi, S., Strassmann, J. E. "Polymorphic microsatellite loci for primitively eusocial Stenogastrine wasps.." Molecular Ecology, 9 (2000) : 2203-2205.

     
     

    Zhu, Y. Strassmann, J. E., Queller D. C. "Insertions, substitutions, and the origin of microsatellites.." Genetical Research (2000)

     
     

    Zhu, Y., Queller, D. C., Strassmann, J. E. "A phylogenetic perspective on sequence evolution in microsatellite loci." Journal of Molecular Evolution, 50 (2000) : 324-338.

     
     

    Bernasconi, G. and Strassmann, J. E. "Cooperation among unrelated individuals: the ant foundress case.." Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 14 (1999) : 477-482.

     
     

    Peters, J. M., Queller E. C., Imperatriz-Fonseca, V. L., Roubik, D. W., Strassmann, J. E. "Mate number, kin selection and social conflicts in stingless bees and honey bees.." Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Series B, 266 (1999) : 379-384.

     
     

    Arevalo, E., J. E. Strassmann and D. C. Queller "Conflicts of interest in social insects: male production in two species of Polistes." Evolution, 52 (1998) : 797-805.

     
     

    Ezenwa, V. O., J. M. Peters, M. D. Hastings, Y. Zhu, E. Arevalo, P. Seppa, J. S. Pedersen, F. Zacchi, D. C. Queller, and J. E. Strassmann "Ancient conservation of trinucleotide microsatellite loci in polistine wasps." Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 10, No. 2 (1998) : 168-177.

     
     

    Ezenwa, V. O., M. Henshaw, D. C. Queller and J. E. Strassmann "Patterns of buzz running, a swarm initiation behavior, in the neotropical wasp, Parachartergus colobopterus." Insectes Sociaux, 45 (1998) : 445-456.

     
     

    Field, J., C. R. Solis, D. C. Queller and J. E. Strassmann "Social and genetic structure of paper wasp cofoundress associations: tests of reproductive skew models." American Naturalist, 151 (1998) : 545-563.

     
     

    Hastings, M. D., D. C. Queller, F. Eischen and J. E. Strassmann "Kin selection, relatedness and worker control of reproduction in a large-colony epiponine wasp, Brachygastra mellifica." Behavioral Ecology, 9 (1998) : 573-581.

     
     

    Peters, J. M., D. C. Queller, V. L. Imperatriz-Fonseca and J. E. Strassmann "Microsatellite loci for stingless bees." Molecular Ecology, 7 (1998) : 784-787.

     
     

    Peters, J. M., D. C. Queller, V. L. Imperatriz-Fonseca, D. W. Roubik, and J. E. Strassmann "Mate number, kin selection and social conflicts in stingless bees and honey bees." Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Series B, 266 (1998) : 379-384.

     
     

    Queller, D. C. and J. E. Strassmann "Kin selection and social insects." BioScience, 48 (1998) : 165-175.

     
     

    Solis, C. R., C. R. Hughes, C. J. Klingler, J. E. Strassmann and D. C. Queller "Lack of kin discrimination during wasp colony fission." Behavioral Ecology, 9 (1998) : 172-176.

     
     

    Strassmann, J. E., K. F. Goodnight, C. J. Klingler and D. C. Queller "The genetic structure of swarms and the timing of their production in the queen cycles of neotropical wasps." Molecular Ecology, 7 (1998) : 709-718.

     
     

    Wooninck. L., J. E. Strassmann, R. Fleischer, and L. L. Warner "Characterization of microsatellite loci in a pelagic spawner: the bluehead wrasse, Thalassoma bifasciatum." Molecular Ecology, 7 (1998) : 1613-1614.

     
    Presentations
     Invited Talks
     

    Control of conflict in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum. In the light of Evolution V: Cooperation. Sackler Colloquium, NAS, Beckman Center, Irvin,e CA 7 Jan. 2011

     
     

    Costs and benefits of social migration in the amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum Animal Behavior Society Meeting, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA, 27 July 2010.

     
     

    Evolution of cooperation and conflict in a social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum. Department of Biology, Washington University, 27 January 2010

     
     

    Fusion, segregation and genes for kin recognition in a social amoeba (invited) International Union for the Study of Social Insects Copenhagen, 10 August 2010

     
     

    What it means to be an organism with a case study of Dictyostelium, a social amoeba Princeton University 18 February 2010

     
     

    Cooperation and conflict in a social amoeba. Oregon State University 9 February 2009

     
     

    "Dictyostelium - bacteria interactions: feeding, farming, fighting." (28 January 2010)

     
     

    "Dictyostelium in the environment: symbiosis and social interactions of a soil dwelling amoeba." Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. (28 October 2009)

     
     

    "Evolution of cooperation and conflict in a social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum. ." Department of Biology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO. (27 January 2010)

     
     

    Genetics and Behavior of Kin and Non-Kin Interactions in a Social Amoeba. Gordon Conference in Microbial Population Biology.  Andover, NH 21 July 2009

     
     

    Genetics and evolution of cooperation in social amoebae. University of Houston, Houston, TX 8 April 2009

     
     

    Kin selection and social wasps.  Jatun Sacha Biological Station, Ecuador, 15 May 2009

     
     

    Origin of eusociality. Origins Inaugural Symposium, Arizona State University 4 April 2009

     
     

    Relatedness, conflict, and near organismal cooperation in social wasps and stingless bees. Dawkins Symposium, Animal Behav. Soc. Meeting, Pirenopolis, Brazil, June 2009

     
     

    "Social evolution and behavior in the microbe Dictyostelium discoideum." Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science, and Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. (9 December 2009)

     
     

    "Social evolution in microbes: Darwin's and Hamilton's theories in a novel system.." Satellite Social Insect Meeting, University of Sussex, Falmer, England. (21 January 2009)

     
     

    Testing social insect theories in a social amoeba. Pennsylvania State University 6 March 2009

     
     

    The behavioral ecology of a social amoeba. Daniel Otte Fest Symposium, University of Letheridge, Canada. 16 June 2009

     
     

    "What it means to be an organism with a case study of Dictyostelium, a social amoeba." Department of Ecology and Evolution, Princeton University, Princeton NJ. (18 February 2010)

     
     

    What sociobiology can tell us about social amoebae. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 28 April 2009

     
     The challenge of bringing old ideas to a new system: social evolution in amoebae. University of California, Davis, Population Biology Group. 2 Oct 2008
     
     

    "Behavioral ecology of a social amoeba." Pettingill Lecture, University of Michigan Biological Station, Pellston, MI. (June 27, 2006)

     
     

    "Evolution of complex insect societies." National Academy of Sciences, Sackler Colloquium, In the light of evolution, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA. (December 1, 2006)

     
     

    "Genes for conflict and cooperation in a social amoeba." Conflict and Cooperation: The evolution of social interactions symposium, Harvard University. (April 28, 2006)

     
     

    "Kin recognition in microbes." Dipartimento di Genetica e Biologia Animale, Universita di Firenze, Italy. (June 21, 2006)

     
     

    "Microbial multicellularity and social evolution theory." Cooperation among Microorganisms Workshop, Park City, UT. (August 25, 2006)

     
     

    "The behavioral ecology of a social amoeba." Biology Department, University of Indiana. (January 18, 2006)

     
     

    "The behavioral ecology of a social amoeba." Biology Department, University of Utah. (March 23, 2006)

     
     

    "The behavioral ecology of a social amoeba.." Dipartimento di Genetica e Biologia Animale, Universita di Firenze, Italy. (June 15, 2006)

     
     

    "Kin recognition in Dictyostelium." International Dictyostelium Conference, Autrans, France. (15 August 2005)

     
     

    "Conflict and Violence in Animals." Scientia, Rice Universitiy. (28 September 2004)

     
     

    "Genes for social behavior in social amoebae." Workshop: PEET - A revisionary study of the eumycetozoans, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas. (16 January 2004)

     
     

    "Genes for social behavior in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum." Society for the Study of Evolution Meeting, Fort Collins, Colorado. (27 June 2004)

     
     

    "Mechanisms of cooperation in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum." Insectes Final Meeting, Helsinor, Denmark. (3 September 2004)

     
     

    "Social Amoebae as a model system for genetics and evolution of social interactions." Gordon Conference on Genes and Behavior, Ventura, California. (9 February 2004)

     
     

    "The nature of altruism and genetic conflict in social amoebae." Department of Genetics, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. (29 January 2004)

     
     

    "A genetical approach to altruism in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum." Biology Department, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia. (June 10, 2003)

     
     

    "Altruism and conflict in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum." International Genetics Congress, Melbourne, Australia. (July 9, 2003)

     
     

    "Altruism and conflict in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum." Department of Integrative Biology, University of Texas, Austin, Texas. (September 23, 2003)

     
     

    "Cell adhesion, cooperation and conflict in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum." Medical School Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Department, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas. (October 2, 2003)

     
     

    "Cooperation and conflict in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum." Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. (April 18, 2003)

     
     

    "Cooperation and conflict in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum." Program in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. (April 29, 2003)

     
     

    "Dictyostelium discoideum in its natural context." International Dictyostelium Society Annual Meeting, Lorne, Australia. (June 30, 2003)

     
     

    "Evolution of social behavior: lessons from slime molds." Kika de la Garza Subtropical Research Center, USDA, Weslaco , Texas. (February 6, 2003)

     
     

    "Mechanisms of kin recognition: a green beard cell adhesion gene in social amoebae and cuticular hydrocarbon profiles in social wasps." Recognition Symposium, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany. (November 22, 2003)

     
     

    "Reinventing the individual." Behavioral Ecology Group, University of Texas, Austin, Texas. (September 25, 2003)

     
     

    "Conflict and cooperation in chimeras of the social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum." Department of Biological Sciences, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. (September 12, 2002)

     
     

    "Conflict and cooperation in chimeras of the social amoeba, Dictyosteoium discoideum." Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (August 26, 2002)

     
     

    "Cooperation and conflict in the social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum." Symposium in honor of Richard D. Alexander, University of Michigan. (June 8, 2002)

     
     

    "Cooperation and conflict in the social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum, a model organism for major evolutionary transitions." Department of Biology, University of virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. (December 6, 2002)

     
     

    "Costs and benefits of chimerism in the social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum." American Society of Microbiology, Salt Lake City, Utah. (May 21, 2002)

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

    A behavioral perspective on organismality in a microbe. Plenary Address. V European Conference on Behavioral Biology, Ferrara, Italy, 17 July 2010

     
     

    Evolution of sociality, Plenary Address. Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft, 102nd Meeting, Regensburg University 27 September 2009

     
     

    "Social insects and evolution, Public Lecture." National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan. (30 October 2009)

     
     

    "What it means to be an organism with a case study of Dictyostelium, a social amoeba." The Michael Perkins Lecture, Department of Zoology, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England. (4 March 2010)

     
     Cooperation and conflict in social amoebae: the challenge of multicellularity through aggregation, 7th Annual Conference in Philosophy and Biology Symposium, Duke University 11 April 2008
     
     Purpose and Cross Purpose in Insect Societies: an evolutionary approach. Lucian Symposium, St. Edward┐s University, Austin, TX, 28 March 2008
     
     

    Plenary Address.  "Cooperation and conflict among non-relatives of the social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum, and the social wasp Polistes dominulus." Associazione Italiana pel lo studio degli artropodi sociali e presociali, Florence Italy. (1 Feb 2005)

     
     

    "Plenary address: "Social Amoebae as model systems for genetics and evolution of social interactions"." International Conference on Systems Biology, Boston, MA. (22 October 2005)

     
     

    Plenary Address.  "The importance of behavior in a genomic age." Animal Behavior Society, Snowbird, UT. (10 August 2005)

     
     Lectures
     

    What it means to be an organism with a case study of Dictyostelium, a social amoeba, The Michael Perkins Lecture, Department of Zoology, Cambridge University UK, 4 March 2010

     
     

    Social evolution: genomes, organisms and conflict (in Italian) Department of Evolutionary Biology, University of Florence, 22 September 2009

     
     

    "Sex and population structure in the social amoeba dictyostelium discoideum." Society for the Study of Evolution, Annual Meeting, Chico, California. (June 21, 2003)

     
     

    "Cooperation and conflict in chimeras of the social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum." Society for the Study of Evolution, Champaign, Illinois. (June 29, 2002)

     
     

    "Dominance, relatedness and supercedure among colony foundresses and the cost of losing a queen in Polistes dominulus." International Union for the Study of Social Insects XIV Congress, Sapporo, Japan. (July 29, 2002)

     
     Other
     Conflict and Cooperation, Discussion Leader, Genes and Behavior Gordon Conference, Il Ciocco, Lucca, Italy, 25 February 2008
     
     

    "Caste totipotency in a large colony social insect." Entomological Society of America, San Diego. (11 December 2001) With David C. Queller, Barry W. Sullender

     
     

    "Cooperation, conflict, and the evolution of multicellularity in social amoebae.." Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University,, Cambridge MA. (14 Sept. 2001.) With David Queller, Angelo Fortunato, Kevin Foster

     
     

    "Multicellularity, chimeras, and conflict in the social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum.." Trinity University,, San Antonio, TX. (29 Oct. 2001.) With David Queller, Angelo Fortunato, Kevin Foster

     
     

    "Social conflict in the cellular slime mold, Dictyostelium discoideum.." Mountain Lake Biological Station, VA,. (28 June 2001.)

     
     

    "Social conflict in the social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum.." Microbial Population Biology Gordon Conference,, Williams College, MA. (29 July 2001.) With David Queller, Angelo Fortunato, Kevin Foster

     
     

    "What can social amoebae, Dictyoselium discoideum, tell us about the organization of life?." Department of Biology,, University of Nevada at Reno. (8 Feb. 2001)

     
     

    "Chimeras and cheater clones in Dictyoselium discoideum." Dictyostelium 2000 meeting, University of Dundee, Scotland. (3 August 2000) With David C. Queller, Yong Zhu

     
     

    "Conflict and genetic bottlenecks in swarm-founding wasps and slime molds." EU-TMR Workshop on Kinship, communication and diseases in social insects., Florence, Italy. (9 July 2000)

     
     

    "Conflict, genetic bottlenecks and the nature of the individual." Department of Biology,, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. (14 April 2000)

     
     

    "Conflicts of interest in the cellular slime mold, Dictyostelium discoideum." 8th International Behavioral Ecology Congress, Zurich, Switzerland. (12 August 2000) With David C. Queller, Yong Zhu

     
     

    "The origin of microsatellites." Society for the Study of Evolution, University of Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana. (26 June, 2000) With David C. Queller, Yong Zhu

     
     

    "Mate number, kin selection, and social conflicts in stingless bees and honeybees.." Stingless Bee Symposium, Instituto de Biociencias, Universidade de Sao Paulo. (14 April 1999)

     
     

    "Relatedness and the evolution of cooperation.." Ecology, Evolution and Behavioral Biology Program,, Michigan State University. (17 Nov. 1999)

     
     

    "Social insects and the evolution of cooperation." Entomological Society of America, Atlanta, GA. (13 December 1999)

     
     

    "Transitions in social evolution: advances based on microsatellites. Plenary Address." XIII International Congress of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Adelaide, Australia. (January 2, 1999)

     
     Panelist
     

    "The evolution of self non-self recognition." Recognition Symposium, Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany. (November 21, 2003)

     
     Posters
     

    The value of a microbial system for understanding cooperation, poster, Evolution of Cooperation meeting IASA, Vienna, Austria, 15 - 18 September 2009

     
     

    "Exploiting new terrain: an advantage to sociality in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum." International Dictyostelium Conference, St. Adele, Quebec, Canada. (17 August 2004)

     
     

    "The genetic structure of natural Dictyostelium discoideum populations: sex, relatedness, dispersal and cooperation." International Dictyostelium Conference 2002, Altavilla, Sicily, Italy. (September 23, 2002)

     
     Seminar Speaker
     

    Control of conflict in the social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum, Texas State University 14 Feb. 2011

     
     

    Dictyostelium-bacteria interactions: feeding, farming, fighting. Department of Biology, Washington University, 28 January 2010

     
     

    A new farming symbiosis between Dictyostelium and bacteria. Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Rob Kay’s Group, MRC, Cambridge, UK 2 March 2010

     
     

    Cooperation and conflict in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum. Departments of Biology and Molecular Biology, Copenhagen University 9 Sept. 2010

     
     

    Cooperation, conflict, and a farming symbiosis in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum. Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany, 2 September 2010

     
     Cryptic species, phylogenetics, and sex in four Dictyostelium species. International Dictyostelium Conference 2008. Tsukuba Japan, 19 Sept. 2008
     
     Biofilms, disease, and social evolution especially in social amoebae. Dept. of Natural Sciences, University of Houston/Downtown, 16 Feb. 2007.
     
     Cell adhesion and mechanisms of cooperation in social amoebae, Microbial Adhesion & Signal Transduction Gordon Conference Newport RI 23 July 2007.
     
     Genes for cooperating and cheating in the social amoeba, Dictyostelium. Behavioral Ecology Research Group (BERG) annual lecture, Department of Biology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada, 1 Feb. 2007.
     
     Genes for cooperating and cheating in the social amoeba, Dictyostelium Univeristy of Wisconsin, Madison WI, 15 March 2007
     
     Genetics of social interactions in social amoeba. Genetics and Genomics of Social Behavior, NIH workshop, Bethesda MD 4 Jan. 2007.
     
     Insect societies as divided organisms, the complexities of purpose and cross purpose. Les Ecologistes, Department of Biology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada, 1 Feb. 2007.
     
     The genetic basis of cooperation and conflict in the social amoeba, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Montana, 24 September 2007.
     
     

    "A genetic approach to cooperation and conflict in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum." School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ. (15 April 2005)

     
     

    "The importance of behavior in a genomic age." Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX. (12 September 2005)

     
     

    "The importance of local field stations: wasp sociobiology at BFL." Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. (4 November 2005)

     
     Workshops
     

    Microbial Sociality - in a Copenhagen University workshop on Evolutionary Genetic Approaches to Social Evolution organized by Mike Wade and Tim Linksvayer, 10 June 2010, Denmark

     
     

    Microbial Evolution Workshop, American Academy of Microbiology, San Cristóbal, Galapagos, Ecuador 26 August - 1 September 2009

     
     

    "Microbial Social Evolution." Physics Workshop, National Chung Hsing University, Hui-Sun Forest Station, Taiwan. (1 November 2009)

     
     

    "Social behavior in insects." Physics Workshop, National Chung Hsing University, , Hui-Sun Forest Station, Taiwan. (31 October 2009)

     
     Evolution and cooperation, NIGMS NIH, Bethesda MD, 11 April 2007
     
     

    "Recognition and Discrimination in Dictyostelium purpureum and Polysphondelium violaceum." PEET - A revisionary study of the eumycetozoans, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. (12 March 2005)

     
     

    "Microbial communities: advantages of multicellular cooperation." American Academy of Microbiology, Tucson, Arizona. (May 3-5, 2002)

     
     

    "Roundtable on Social Evolution in Micro-Orgaanisms." International Union for the Study of Social Insects XIV Congress, Sapporo, Japan. (August 1, 2002)

     
    Editorial Positions
     Member of the Editorial Board, Evolution. Wiley. (2010 - 2010)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Evolutionary Biology. Blackwell Publishing. (2008 - 2008)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Insectes Sociaux. Birkhauser Verlag. (2008 - 2008)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Ethology Ecology and Evolution. Taylor and Francis Press. (2010 - 2010)

     Member of the Editorial Board, BMC Evolutionary Biology. BioMed Central. (2010 - 2010)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Evolution. Wiley. (2011 - 2011)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Ethology Ecology and Evolution. Taylor and Francis Press. (2011 - 2011)

     Member of the Editorial Board, BMC Evolutionary Biology. BioMed Central. (2011 - 2011)

     Member of the Editorial Board, BMC Evolutionary Biology. Baylor College of Medicine. (2005 - 2005)

     Member of the Editorial Board, BMC Evolutionary Biology. Baylor College of Medicine. (2006 - 2006)

     Associate Editor, The American Naturalist. University of Chicago Press. (2002 - 2002)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Insectes Sociaux. (2003 - 2003)

     Member of the Editorial Board, BMC Evolutionary Biology. Baylor College of Medicine. (2007 - 2007)

     Associate Editor, American Naturalist. (2003 - 2003)

     Associate Editor, Insectes Sociaux. Birkhauser. (2002 - 2002)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Evolutionary Biology. Blackwell Publishing. (2006 - 2006)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Evolutionary Biology. Blackwell Publishing. (2005 - 2005)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Evolutionary Biology. Blackwell Publishing. (2007 - 2007)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Ecology Letters. Blackwell Publishing. (2006 - 2006)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Ecology Letters. Blackwell Publishing. (2005 - 2005)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Ecology Letters. Blackwell Publishing. (2007 - 2007)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Ecology Letters. Blackwell Publishing. (2008 - 2008)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Insectes Sociaux. Birkhauser Verlag. (2007 - 2007)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Insectes Sociaux. Birkhause Verlag. (2005 - 2005)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Insectes Sociaux. Birkhause Verlag. (2006 - 2006)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Ethology Ecology and Evolution. Firenze University Press. (2006 - 2006)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Ethology Ecology and Evolution. Firenze University Press. (2007 - 2007)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Angelo Fortunato, Ph.D. Evolutionary conflicts in chimeras of the social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum. (2002) (Co-Director)

     Eva Toth, Ph.D. Conflict about male production in stingless bees. (2002) (Co-Director)

     Monica Landi, Ph.D. Reproductive conflicts in the social wasp, Eustenogaster fraterna, and in the social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum. (2003) (Co-Director)

     Thomas Gene Platt, Master of Arts Environmental heterogeneity and the coexistence of cheaters and victims in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum. (2003) (Co-Director)

     Margaret Harris Smith, Master of Arts Genotypic Diversity and Population Structure in Dictyostelium Discoideum. (2004) (Co-Director)

     Clea Scala, M.A. Polymorphism of microsatellites in coding regions of Dictyostelium discoideum. (2005) (Co-Director)

     Lorenzo Santorelli, Ph.D. Mechanisms of Cheating Behavior in the Social Amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum . (2007) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Jennie Kuzdzal, PhD Cooperation, conflict, and experimental evolution on social amoebae. (2010) (Co-Director)

     Owen Gilbert, Ph.D. The evolution of altruism in the social amoebae and the major evolutionary transitions. (2010) (Co-Director)

     Sara Kalla, PhD Evolutionary genetics of dictyostelids: cryptic species, sociality and sex. (2011) (Co-Director)

     Owen Gilbert, PhD Kinship and the evolution of altruism in social amoebae and A model for the evolution on kin-limited interactions. (2011) (Co-Director)

     Chandra Jack, Ph.D. Kin discrimination in Dictyostelium. (Co-Director)

     Xiaoyun "Sean" Liao, Ph.D. Kin recognition. (Co-Director)

     Debbie A Brock, Ph.D. Exploring social interactions among wild D. discoideum clones. (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Tracy A Edwards, Ph.D. Genetic diversity in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum. (Co-Director)

     Jennie Kuzdzal-Fick, Ph.D. Cheating and Recognition Genes in Dictyostelium discoideum. (Co-Director)

     Sara E Kalla, Ph.D. Linkage disequilibrium in Dictyostelium discoideum. (Co-Director)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (April 2008)

     Honorary Member, Associazione Italiana per lo Studio degli Artropodi Socilai e Presociali, (2 February 2005)

     John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, Guggenheim Foundation (2004)

     Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, AAAS (2004)

     Distinguished Faculty Associate, Wiess College (2004)

     Distinguished Faculty Associate, Wiess College (2003)

     Fellow, Animal Behavior Society (2002)

     President, International Union for the Study of Social Insects, North America Section (2001)

     Referee for proposals submitted to National Science Foundation, Australian Research Council, United States Department of Agriculture,

     Review committee for Organization for Tropical Studies Undergraduate Semester Abroad Program, Duke University (March 2001)

     Fall Panel Member, Animal Behavior Program, National Science Foundation (12-14 October 2001)

     Referee for Proceedings of the Royal Society: Series Biological Sciences, Animal Behaviour, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Behavioral, Ecology,

     President Elect, North American Section International Union for the Study of Social Insects

     OTS/Duke Undergraduate Semester Abroad in Costa Rica Visiting Professor, Organization for Tropical Studies (March)

     Referee for Proceedings of the Royal Society Series Biological Sciences, Animal Behaviour, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Nature, Biological Reviews, Molecular Ecology, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution,

     Referee for proposals submitted to National Science Foundation, Australian Research Council, United States Department of Agriculture, Wellcome Trust, UK,

     Gold Award in the "Scholarly Journals/Feature Article" category, Society of National Association Publications

     President Elect, North American Section, International Union for the Study of Social Insects

    Positions Held
     President, Animal Behavior Society. (2010 - 2010)

     Member, Advisory Committee, Dictyostelium Stock Center. (2002 - 2002)

     Councilor, Society for the Study of Evolution. (2002 - 2002)