Erol Akçay

Assistant Professor of Biology
Lynch 204E
eakcay@sas.upenn.edu
Ecology and Biodiversity
Evolution
Neurobiology, Behavior, and Physiology
Computational Biology
Education: 

Ph.D., Stanford University, 2008

Research Interests: 

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.

Selected Publications: 

Van Cleve, J. and Akçay, E. (in press) Pathways to social evolution: reciprocity, relatedness, and synergy. Evolution. [link to journal] [accepted version on arXiv, bioarXiv]

Shen, S.-F., Akçay, E., Rubenstein, D.R. (2014). Does social conflict increase with group size? The American Naturalist. 183:301-310 [pdf] [link to journal]

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]

Akçay, E., Meirowitz, A., Ramsay, K., Levin, S. A. (2012) Evolution of cooperation and skew under imperfect information. PNAS 109: 14936-14941 [pdf] [link to journal]

Akçay, E., J. Van Cleve. (2012) Behavioral dynamics in structured populations pave the way to group optimality. The American Naturalist; 179:257-269 [pdf] [link to journal]

Akçay, E. and E. Simms. 2011. ‘Negotiation, sanctions and context dependency in the legume-rhizobium mutualism.‘ The American Naturalist;178(1):1-14.  [pdf] [link to journal]

Akçay, E. and J. Roughgarden. 2011. ‘The evolution of payoff matrices: providing incentives to cooperate.’ Proc. R. Soc. B; 278:2198-2206.  [pdf] [link to journal]