Ph.D., Stanford University, 2008
I am a theoretical biologist interested in the evolution of complex biological and social organization. Mostly, I work on how individuals with conflicting interests evolve to cooperate with each other, in contexts varying from plant-microbe mutualisms to animal and human behavior. Please check the lab website for ongoing research projects and opportunities for joining the lab.
BIOL 240: Ecology: From Individuals to Ecosystems (Fall, with Brent Helliker)
BIOL 417: Theoretical Population Biology (Spring)
For full publication list, click here.
Pringle, E. G., Akçay, E., Raab, T. K., Gordon, D. M., Dirzo, R. (2013) Availability of limiting resources determines context-dependent strength of an ant-plant-hemipteran mutualism. PLoS Biol 11(11): e1001705. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001705 [link to open access article]
The Akcay Lab is affiliated with the Evolution Cluster, the Warren Center for Network and Data Sciences, and the Social and Cultural Evolution Working Group (SCEW) at Penn.