David Queller, PhD

Spencer T. Olin Professor

Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology Program
Plant and Microbial Biosciences Program
Molecular Genetics and Genomics Program

  • 314-935-3528

  • 308 Wilson

  • queller@wustl.edu

  • http://strassmannandquellerlab.wordpress.com/

  • social interactions, evolution, microbiology, social amoebae, kin selection, moleuclar evolution, multicellularity, development, genomics

  • The evolution of sociality, cooperation, and cheating in a eukaryotic microbe, using experimental evolution, genomics, and other approaches

Research Abstract:

Evolution usually favors "selfish" individuals that outcompete others, but it has nevertheless forged highly cooperative entities like social insect colonies, multicellular organisms, and the eukaryotic cell. I am interested in how cooperation and altruism evolve, with questions ranging from the genetic and molecular details of cooperation in social amoebas up to the nature of organisms. In empirical studies with Joan Strassmann, we have largely shifted from work on social insects to social amoebas. This gives us the opportunity to do experimental evolution studies and to study cooperation, cheating, and kin recognition at the genetic, molecular and genomic levels. On the theoretical side, I explore this evolution of cooperation with models using population genetics, inclusive fitness, or game theory.

Selected Publications:

Queller, D.C. and Strassmann, J.E. 2018. Evolutionary conflict. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics. In press.

Queller, D.C. 2017. Fundamental theorems in evolution. American Naturalist 189:345-353.

Galbraith, D.A., Kocher, S.D., Glenn, T., Albert, I., Hunt, G.J., Strassmann, J.E., Queller, D.C., and Grozinger, C.M. 2016. Testing the Kinship Theory of Intragenomic Conflict in Honey Bees (Apis mellifera). Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 113:1020-1025.

Liao, X., Rong, S. & Queller, D.C. 2015. Relatedness, conflict, and the evolution of eusociality. PLoS Biology 13(3): e1002098.

Queller, D.C. 2014. Joint phenotypes, evolutionary conflict, and the fundamental theorem of natural selection. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. B in press.

Strassmann, J.E. and Queller, D.C. 2014. Privatization and property in biology. Animal Behaviour in press.

Kuzdzal-Fick, J.A., Fox, S.A., Strassmann, J.E. & Queller, D. C. 2011. High relatedness is necessary and sufficient to maintain multicellularity in Dictyostelium. Science 334: 1548-1551.

Queller, D. C. 2011. Expanded social fitness and Hamilton`s rule for kin, kith, and kind. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 108: 10792-10799.

Strassmann, J. E., Gilbert, O. M., & Queller, D. C. 2011. Kin discrimination and cooperation in microbes. Annual Review of Microbiology 65:349-367.

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