Timothy Linksvayer

Associate Professor of Biology



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.