K R Foster

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Affiliation: Harvard University
Country: USA

Publications

  1. pmc Sperm sociality: cooperation, altruism, and spite
    Tommaso Pizzari
    Edward Grey Institute in Department of Zoology of University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
    PLoS Biol 6:e130. 2008
  2. pmc Emergence of spatial structure in cell groups and the evolution of cooperation
    Carey D Nadell
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America
    PLoS Comput Biol 6:e1000716. 2010
  3. doi request reprint Cooperation: the secret society of sperm
    Kevin R Foster
    Center for Systems Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    Curr Biol 20:R314-6. 2010
  4. doi request reprint A defense of sociobiology
    K R Foster
    Center for Systems Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Cold Spring Harb Symp Quant Biol 74:403-18. 2009
  5. pmc The evolution of superstitious and superstition-like behaviour
    Kevin R Foster
    Center for Systems Biology, Harvard University, 7 Divinity Avenue, Harvard, MA 02138, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 276:31-7. 2009
  6. ncbi request reprint Cooperation: bridging ecology and sociobiology
    Kevin R Foster
    Center for Systems Biology, Harvard University, Bauer Laboratories, USA
    Curr Biol 17:R319-21. 2007
  7. ncbi request reprint What can microbial genetics teach sociobiology?
    Kevin R Foster
    Center for Systems Biology, Harvard University, Bauer Laboratory, 7 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Trends Genet 23:74-80. 2007
  8. ncbi request reprint Balancing synthesis with pluralism in sociobiology
    K R Foster
    Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, Harvard University, 1 Brattle Square 6th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    J Evol Biol 19:1394-6; discussion 1426-36. 2006
  9. ncbi request reprint Diminishing returns in social evolution: the not-so-tragic commons
    K R Foster
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA
    J Evol Biol 17:1058-72. 2004
  10. pmc Cheating can stabilize cooperation in mutualisms
    Kevin R Foster
    Laboratory of Ecological and Evolutionary Dynamics, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, PO Box 56, 00014 Finland
    Proc Biol Sci 273:2233-9. 2006

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Publications20

  1. pmc Sperm sociality: cooperation, altruism, and spite
    Tommaso Pizzari
    Edward Grey Institute in Department of Zoology of University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
    PLoS Biol 6:e130. 2008
  2. pmc Emergence of spatial structure in cell groups and the evolution of cooperation
    Carey D Nadell
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America
    PLoS Comput Biol 6:e1000716. 2010
    ..We argue that cooperative and exploitative cell lineages will spontaneously segregate in space under a wide range of conditions and, therefore, that cellular cooperation may evolve more readily than naively expected...
  3. doi request reprint Cooperation: the secret society of sperm
    Kevin R Foster
    Center for Systems Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    Curr Biol 20:R314-6. 2010
    ..In the epic race for the egg, sperm have evolved cooperative teams that swim together. New research shows that some do even more: sperm seek out and swim with their relatives...
  4. doi request reprint A defense of sociobiology
    K R Foster
    Center for Systems Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Cold Spring Harb Symp Quant Biol 74:403-18. 2009
    ..Exciting new areas include the importance of community and species-level selection in evolution and elucidating the molecular mechanisms that underlie social traits...
  5. pmc The evolution of superstitious and superstition-like behaviour
    Kevin R Foster
    Center for Systems Biology, Harvard University, 7 Divinity Avenue, Harvard, MA 02138, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 276:31-7. 2009
    ..We conclude that behaviours which are, or appear, superstitious are an inevitable feature of adaptive behaviour in all organisms, including ourselves...
  6. ncbi request reprint Cooperation: bridging ecology and sociobiology
    Kevin R Foster
    Center for Systems Biology, Harvard University, Bauer Laboratories, USA
    Curr Biol 17:R319-21. 2007
    ..New support for the idea has come from a study which shifted the path of evolution from cooperation to cheating in flasks of bacteria, simply by altering their disturbance regime...
  7. ncbi request reprint What can microbial genetics teach sociobiology?
    Kevin R Foster
    Center for Systems Biology, Harvard University, Bauer Laboratory, 7 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Trends Genet 23:74-80. 2007
    ..These new insights show the power of studying microorganisms to improve our understanding of the evolution of cooperation...
  8. ncbi request reprint Balancing synthesis with pluralism in sociobiology
    K R Foster
    Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, Harvard University, 1 Brattle Square 6th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    J Evol Biol 19:1394-6; discussion 1426-36. 2006
  9. ncbi request reprint Diminishing returns in social evolution: the not-so-tragic commons
    K R Foster
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA
    J Evol Biol 17:1058-72. 2004
    ..This suggests that the tragedy of the commons is not so tragic and that the disruptive effects of competition upon social life will often be minor...
  10. pmc Cheating can stabilize cooperation in mutualisms
    Kevin R Foster
    Laboratory of Ecological and Evolutionary Dynamics, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, PO Box 56, 00014 Finland
    Proc Biol Sci 273:2233-9. 2006
    ..This suggests that the presence of cheaters and cheater species in many mutualisms is central to the maintenance of partner choice and, paradoxically, cooperation itself...
  11. ncbi request reprint Kin selection is the key to altruism
    Kevin R Foster
    Laboratory of Ecological and Evolutionary Dynamics, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki 00014, Finland
    Trends Ecol Evol 21:57-60. 2006
    ..Here, we discuss what these articles say about kin selection and how it relates to the theory. We conclude that kin selection remains the key explanation for the evolution of altruism in eusocial insects...
  12. doi request reprint Cultural transmission can inhibit the evolution of altruistic helping
    Laurent Lehmann
    Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305, USA
    Am Nat 172:12-24. 2008
    ..In these cases, selection for harming behavior (decreasing the payoff to neighbors) may occur rather than selection for helping...
  13. ncbi request reprint Sociobiology: the Phoenix effect
    Kevin R Foster
    Nature 441:291-2. 2006
  14. pmc Can cuticular lipids provide sufficient information for within-colony nepotism in wasps?
    Francesca R Dani
    Dipartimento di Biologia Animale e Genetica, Universita di Firenze, Via Romana 17, 50125 Firenze, Italy
    Proc Biol Sci 271:745-53. 2004
    ..Our data suggest that epicuticular lipids at best provide reliable information for intracolony nepotistic discrimination in multiple-queen colonies composed of unrelated lines...
  15. ncbi request reprint Pleiotropy as a mechanism to stabilize cooperation
    Kevin R Foster
    Ecology and Evolution, Rice University, Houston, Texas 77005, USA
    Nature 431:693-6. 2004
    ..discoideum because defecting on prestalk cell production results in an even greater reduction in spores. We propose that the evolution of pleiotropic links between cheating and personal costs can stabilize cooperative adaptations...
  16. pmc The evolution of quorum sensing in bacterial biofilms
    Carey D Nadell
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America
    PLoS Biol 6:e14. 2008
    ..More generally, this work shows that the balance of competition within and among biofilms can be pivotal in the evolution of quorum sensing...
  17. ncbi request reprint Biomedicine. Hamiltonian medicine: why the social lives of pathogens matter
    Kevin R Foster
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University MS 170, 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005, USA
    Science 308:1269-70. 2005
  18. pmc Cooperation and conflict in microbial biofilms
    Joao B Xavier
    Center for Systems Biology, Harvard University, Bauer Laboratory, 7 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 104:876-81. 2007
    ..Our model fundamentally changes how biofilms are expected to respond to changing social conditions; the presence of multiple strains in a biofilm should promote rather than inhibit polymer secretion...
  19. ncbi request reprint Conflict resolution in insect societies
    Francis L W Ratnieks
    Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK
    Annu Rev Entomol 51:581-608. 2006
    ..However, three key factors (kinship, coercion, and constraint) typically combine to limit the effects of reproductive conflict and often lead to complete resolution...
  20. pmc The costs and benefits of being a chimera
    Kevin R Foster
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, MS 170, 6100 Main, Houston, TX 77005, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 269:2357-62. 2002
    ..Thus, chimerism is costly, which may be why it evolves so seldom, but in D. discoideum the benefits of large size appear to compensate...