K R Foster

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Affiliation: Rice University
Country: USA

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint Colony kin structure and male production in Dolichovespula wasps
    K R Foster
    Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK
    Mol Ecol 10:1003-10. 2001
  2. pmc Do we need to put society first? The potential for tragedy in antimicrobial resistance
    Kevin R Foster
    Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin, Germany
    PLoS Med 3:e29. 2006
  3. 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
  4. ncbi request reprint A general model for the evolution of mutualisms
    K R Foster
    Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin, Germany
    J Evol Biol 19:1283-93. 2006
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. pmc Convergent evolution of worker policing by egg eating in the honeybee and common wasp
    K R Foster
    Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, Sheffield University, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 268:169-74. 2001

Detail Information

Publications22

  1. ncbi request reprint Colony kin structure and male production in Dolichovespula wasps
    K R Foster
    Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK
    Mol Ecol 10:1003-10. 2001
    ..The trend revealed by this comparison is as predicted by kin selection theory suggesting that colony kin structure has been pivotal in the evolution of the yellowjacket wasps...
  2. pmc Do we need to put society first? The potential for tragedy in antimicrobial resistance
    Kevin R Foster
    Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin, Germany
    PLoS Med 3:e29. 2006
  3. 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...
  4. ncbi request reprint A general model for the evolution of mutualisms
    K R Foster
    Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin, Germany
    J Evol Biol 19:1283-93. 2006
    ..We explain the relationship of our model to existing theories and discuss the empirical evidence for our predictions...
  5. 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...
  6. 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
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. pmc Convergent evolution of worker policing by egg eating in the honeybee and common wasp
    K R Foster
    Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, Sheffield University, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 268:169-74. 2001
    ..51 +/- 0.04, 95% confidence interval). Worker policing in V. vulgaris may be selected due to the colony-level benefit of conflict suppression...
  11. ncbi request reprint Do hornets have zombie workers?
    K R Foster
    Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK
    Mol Ecol 9:735-42. 2000
    ..The genetic data also revealed diploid males in one colony, the first example in the vespine wasps, and two colonies with double matrilines, suggesting that occasional usurpation by spring queens occurs...
  12. pmc High relatedness maintains multicellular cooperation in a social amoeba by controlling cheater mutants
    Owen M Gilbert
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, MS 170, 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 104:8913-7. 2007
    ..Our findings show how altruism is preserved from the disruptive effects of such mutant cheaters and how exceptionally high relatedness among cells is important in promoting the cooperation that underlies multicellular development...
  13. doi request reprint The sociobiology of biofilms
    Carey D Nadell
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
    FEMS Microbiol Rev 33:206-24. 2009
    ..Biofilms will typically result from a balance between competition and cooperation, and we argue that understanding this balance is central to building a complete and predictive model of biofilm formation...
  14. ncbi request reprint Species-level selection reduces selfishness through competitive exclusion
    D J Rankin
    Laboratory of Ecological and Evolutionary Dynamics, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
    J Evol Biol 20:1459-68. 2007
    ..Our results suggest that species-level selection and community dynamics play an important role in regulating the intensity of conflicts in natural populations...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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
  20. 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...
  21. 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...
  22. ncbi request reprint Sociobiology: the Phoenix effect
    Kevin R Foster
    Nature 441:291-2. 2006