Timothy A. Linksvayer
TIMOTHY A. LINKSVAYER, PH.D.
Born in 1976 in the USA
Studied Evolution at Indiana University
SOCIAL INTERACTIONS AND THE EVOLUTION OF COMPLEX PHENOTYPES
Focus Group Social Insects as a Model System for Evolutionary Developmental Biology
I study how social interactions affect the genetic basis, evolution, and development of complex social phenotypes. My project will focus on how multi-level selection acts on genetic components arising from social interactions to shape social evolution. I will extend a model of physiological epistasis arising from interactions between genes within organisms to intergenomic epistasis arising from social interactions. I will also build upon models of the evolution of sociality that incorporate both genes expressed during development and genes with social effects.
Buschinger, A.; Linksvayer, T. A. 2004. Novel blend of life history traits in an inquiline ant, Temnothorax minutissimus, with description of the male (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecol. Nachr. 6: 67-76