Tim Linksvayer – PI
I joined the Penn Biology faculty in March 2011. Before that I was a EU Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Social Evolution, University of Copenhagen, DK, and a US National Science Foundation Biological Informatics Postdoctoral Fellow at Arizona State University with Rob Page. I did my PhD in Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior at Indiana University with Mike Wade, and my BA in Biology at Carleton College.
Chao Tong – Postdoctoral researcher
I am fascinated by “Endless forms most beautiful”, not only the origin of species, but also the spectacular differences in morphology, physiology and behavior of different organisms. My broad research interests are comparative genomics and genetics of adaptation in different organisms. I did my PhD work in Zhao Kai’s lab at the Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, mainly focused on comparative genomic study of extreme environmental adaptation and speciation of Schizothoracin fish. I am currently investigating the genomic basis of social evolution in spiders and ants.
Dan Charbonneau – Postdoctoral researcher
I am broadly interested in the interplay between individual and collective behavior in distributed complex systems. My work thus far has highlighted the importance of inactivity as a biologically relevant phenomenon that can be linked to individual behavior, morphology, and physiology, but also to emergent group properties such as task allocation strategies, and collective organization, robustness and flexibility. Insight into the evolutionary constraints and benefits of worker inactivity is essential for reconciling the seemingly conflicting ideas of task allocation strategies optimized by evolution, and high levels of worker inactivity.
I’m interested in the evolution and maintenance of behavioral variation. During my time in the Linksvayer lab, I plan to quantify behavioral variation (i.e. animal personality) between colonies of Monomorium pharaonis and document the fitness consequences of this variation. Furthermore, I hope to elucidate the genetic underpinnings of this behavioral variation, including the identification of important genes and the quantification of indirect genetic effects. I completed my Master’s thesis with Dr. Vik Iyengar at Villanova University, studying how larval relatedness affects competition over food in the rattlebox moth, Utetheisa ornatrix. Outside of the lab, I am active in community outreach especially through volunteering at the Franklin Institute.
I’m an undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania interested in evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and psychology.
I am an undergraduate student at Penn interested in evolution, genetics, and animal behavior/decision-making, and particularly the relationships among these. Evolutionary biology, genetics, anatomy/physiology, and psychology are among my broad areas of interest.
I am a fourth year undergraduate studying Biology and French. I am particularly interested in investigating the effects of certain environmental factors on ant foraging rates.
Post doctoral researcher
2015-2016 Luigi Pontieri, currently a postdoc at the Centre for Social Evolution, University of Copenhagen
2014-2015 Michael Simone-Finstrom, currently a Research Molecular Biologist at USDA Baton Rouge, LA
2011-2013 Sandra Rehan, currently an assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire
Research Technician / Lab Manager
2015 Taylor Tai
2013-2014 Michael Warner, currently a graduate student in UPenn Biology
2012-2013 Katie Miller, currently a graudate student in the Helms Cahan Lab at the University of Vermont
2011-2012 Nadeesha Perera, currently a graduate student at Duke University
Undergraduate student researchers
2015 Gene Limb
2015 Xinyi Cai
2015 Chad Nachiappan
2014-2015 Ryan Mayers
summer 2015, Dimitri Diagne
2014-2015 Danica Fine
2014 Hannah Cabot
2014 Kwaku Quansah
2012-2015 Aisling Zhao
2014-2015 Alexandra Sepulveda
2014 Christina Nelson
2012-2013 Benjamin Martinez
2012-2014 Kristie Bauman
2012-2014 Pryia Patel
2012-2014 Michael Wong, currently a graduate student at the University of Illinois
2013 Franklin Brown
2013 Run Ze Cao
2012-2013 Karmi Oxman, currently a lab technician in the Shafir lab at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
High school student researchers
2014 Colby Saxton
2013 Benjamin Wagner