Timothy Linksvayer

Associate Professor of Biology
306 Leidy Laboratories
Neurobiology, Behavior, and Physiology
Genetics, Epigenetics, Genomics

Ph.D., Indiana University, 2005

Research Interests: 

evolutionary genetics, evolutionary ecology, social evolution

Please see my lab website for further information about ongoing research.

Selected Publications: 

Linksvayer TA, JW Busch, CR Smith. 2013. Social supergenes of superorganisms: Do supergenes play important roles in social evolution? BioEssays 35: 683-689.

Kellner K, H Fernández-Marín, HD Ishak, R Sen, C Rabeling, TA Linksvayer, UG Mueller. 2013. Co-evolutionary patterns and diversification of ant-fungus associations in the asexual fungus-farming ant Mycocepurus smithii in Panama. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26: 1353-1362.

Holman L, JS van Zweden, TA Linksvayer, P d’Ettorre. 2013. Crozier’s paradox revisited: maintenance of genetic recognition systems by disassortative mating. BMC Evolutionary Biology 13: 211.

Holman L, TA Linksvayer, P d’Ettorre. 2013. Genetic constraints on dishonesty and caste dimorphism in an ant. American Naturalist 181: 161-170.

Linksvayer TA, J Fewell, J Gadau, M Laubichler. 2012. Developmental evolution in social insects: regulatory networks from genes to societies. Journal of Experimental Zoology B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution 318: 159-169.

Wang Y, S Kocher, TA Linksvayer, CM Grozinger, RE Page Jr, GV Amdam. 2011. Regulation of behaviorally-associated gene pathways in worker honey bee ovaries. Journal of Experimental Biology 215: 124-134.

Schmidt, AM, TA Linksvayer, JJ Boomsma, JS Pedersen. 2011. No benefit in diversity? The effect of genetic variation on survival and disease resistance in a polygynous social insect. Ecological Entomology 36: 751-659.

Linksvayer TA, O Kaftanoglu, E Akyol, S Blatch, GV Amdam, RE Page Jr. 2011. Larval and nurse worker control of developmental plasticity and the evolution of honey bee queen-worker dimorphism. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 1939-1948.

Van Dyken, JD, TA Linksvayer, MJ Wade. 2011. Kin selection-mutation balance. American Naturalist 177: 288-300.

Schmidt, AM, TA Linksvayer, JJ Boomsma, JS Pedersen. 2011. Queen-worker caste ratio depends on colony size in the pharaoh ant (Monomorium pharaonis). Insectes Sociaux 58: 139-144.

Rueppell, O, JD Metheny, TA Linksvayer, MK Fondrk, RE Page Jr. 2011. Genetic architecture of ovary size and asymmetry in European honeybee workers. Heredity 106: 894-903.

van Zweden, JS, JF Brask, JH Christensen, JJ Boomsma, TA Linksvayer, P d’Ettorre. 2010. Blending of heritable recognition cues among ant nestmates creates distinct colony gestalt odors but prevents within-colony nepotism. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 23: 1498-1508.

Johnson, BR, TA Linksvayer. 2010. Deconstructing the superorganism: social physiology, reproductive groundplans, and sociogenomics. The Quarterly Review of Biology 85: 57-79.

Linksvayer, TA, O Rueppell, O Kaftanoglu, GV Amdam, RE Page Jr. 2009. The genetic basis of transgressive ovary size in honey bee workers. Genetics 183: 693-707.

Linksvayer, TA, MJ Wade. 2009. Genes with social effects are expected to harbor more sequence variation within and between species. Evolution 63: 1685-1696.

Linksvayer, TA, MK Fondrk, RE Page Jr. 2009. Colony-level selection in honey bees produces coevolved socially-interacting gene complexes. American Naturalist 173: E99-E107.

Anderson, KE*, TA Linksvayer*, CR Smith*. 2008. The causes and consequences of genetic caste determination in ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecological News 11: 119-132. * all authors contributed equally.

Moorad, JA, TA Linksvayer. 2008. Levels of selection on threshold traits. Genetics 179: 899-905.

Linksvayer, TA. 2008. Queen-worker-brood coadaptation rather than conflict may drive resource allocation in the ant Temnothorax curvispinosus. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 62: 647-657.

Linksvayer, TA. 2007. Ant species size differences are determined by epistasis between brood and worker genomes. PLoS ONE 2: e994. 

Linksvayer, TA. 2006. Direct, maternal, and sibsocial genetic effects on individual and colony traits in an ant. Evolution 60: 2552-2561.

Linksvayer, TA, MJ Wade, DM Gordon. 2006. Genetic caste determination in harvester ants: possible origin and maintenance by cyto-nuclear epistasis. Ecology 87: 87: 2185-2193.

Neiman, M, TA Linksvayer. 2006. The conversion of variance and the evolutionary potential of restricted recombination. Heredity 96: 111-121.

Linksvayer, TA, MJ Wade. 2005. The evolutionary origin and maintenance of eusociality in the aculeate Hymenoptera: maternal effects, sib-social effects, and heterochrony. The Quarterly Review of Biology 80: 317-336.