Timothy A. Linksvayer, Associate Professor
Social evolution, evolutionary genetics
Phone: 1 (806) 834-1856
- Postdoctoral fellow, Centre for Social Evolution, University of Copenhagen (2008-2011)
- Postdoctoral fellow, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University (2006-2008)
- Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, Indiana University (2005)
- B.A. in Biology, Carleton College (1998)
- Comparative genomics of social complexity in ants and spiders
- Using developmental genetics and comparative genomics to study the genetic underpinnings and evolution of an obligately sterile worker caste in ants
- Developing the pharaoh ant Monomorium pharaonis as a model for studying the genetic and behavioral basis of complex social traits
Select Recent Publications
- Walsh JT, L Pontieri, P d'Ettorre, TA Linksvayer. 2020. Ant cuticular hydrocarbons are heritable and associated with variation in colony productivity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 287: 20201029.
- Walsh JT, S Garnier, TA Linksvayer. 2020. Ant collective behavior is heritable and shaped by selection. American Naturalist 196: 10.1086/710709.
- Singh R, TA Linksvayer. 2020. The bacterial endosymbiont Wolbachia increases reproductive investment and accelerates the life cycle of ant colonies. Journal of Experimental Biology 223: doi: 10.1242/jeb.220079.
- Tong C, GB Najim, N Pinter-Wollman, JN Pruitt, TA Linksvayer. 2020. Comparative genomics identifies putative signatures of sociality in spiders. Genome Biology and Evolution 12: 122-133.
- Linksvayer TA, BR Johnson. 2019. Re-thinking the social ladder approach for elucidating the evolution and molecular basis of insect societies Current Opinion in Insect Science 34: 123-129.
- Warner MR, AS Mikheyev, TA Linksvayer. 2019. Transcriptomic basis and evolution of the ant nurse-larval social interactome. PLoS Genetics 15: e1008156.
- Warner MR, L Qiu, MJ Holmes, AS Mikheyev, TA Linksvayer. 2019. The convergent evolution of caste in ants and honey bees is based on a shared core of ancient reproductive genes and many plastic genes. Nature Communications 10: 2651.
Department of Biological Sciences
AddressDepartment of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University, Box 43131 Lubbock, TX 79409