Timothy Linksvayer

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Adjunct Associate Professor of Biology | Penn


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

(see lab web page for an up-to-date and complete list of publications and preprints)

Walsh JT, MR Warner, A Kase, BJ Cushing, TA Linksvayer. 2018. Ant nurse workers exhibit behavioural and transcriptomic specialization on larval stage. Animal Behaviour 141:161-169.

Gospocic J, E Shield, H Yan, C Penick, AS Mikheyev, TA Linksvayer, S Berger, J Liebig, D Reinberg, R Bonasio. 2017. The neuropeptide corazonin controls social behavior and caste identity in ants. Cell 170: 748-759.

Warner M, AS Mikheyev, TA Linksvayer. 2017. Genomic signature of kin selection in an ant with obligately sterile workers. Molecular Biology and Evolution 34: 1780-1787.

Pontieri L, AM Schmidt, R Singh, JS Pedersen, TA Linksvayer. 2017. Artificial selection on ant caste uncovers effect of Wolbachia infection on sex ratio. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 30: 225-234.

Linksvayer TA, MJ Wade. 2016. Theoretical predictions for sociogenomic data: the effects of kin selection and sex-limited expression on the evolution of social insect genomes. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 4: 65.

Akçay E, TA Linksvayer, J Van Cleve. 2015. Bridging social evolution theory and emerging empirical approaches to social behavior. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 6: 59-64. 

Vojvodic S, B Harpur, C Kent, A Zayed, BR Johnson, KE Anderson, TA Linksvayer. 2015. The transcriptomic and evolutionary signature of social interactions regulating honey bee caste development. Ecology & Evolution 5: 4795-4807.

Linksvayer TA. 2015. The molecular and evolutionary genetic implications of being truly social for the social insects. Advances in Insect Physiology 48: 271-292.

Mikheyev AS, TA Linksvayer. 2015. Genes associated with ant social behavior show distinct transcriptional and evolutionary patterns. eLife 4: e04775. 

Jasper WC, TA Linksvayer, M Borowiec, J Atallah, D Friedman, JC Chiu, BR Johnson. 2015.  Large scale coding sequence change underlies the evolution of post-developmental novelty in honey bees. Molecular Biology and Evolution 32: 334-346.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.