J E Strassmann

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Affiliation: Rice University
Country: USA

Publications

  1. pmc Kin discrimination and possible cryptic species in the social amoeba Polysphondylium violaceum
    Sara E Kalla
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, MS 170, 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005, USA
    BMC Evol Biol 11:31. 2011
  2. pmc Cheating does not explain selective differences at high and low relatedness in a social amoeba
    Gerda Saxer
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology MS 170, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005, USA
    BMC Evol Biol 10:76. 2010
  3. pmc Phylogeography and sexual macrocyst formation in the social amoeba Dictyostelium giganteum
    Natasha J Mehdiabadi
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, Texas 77005, USA
    BMC Evol Biol 10:17. 2010
  4. pmc Segregate or cooperate- a study of the interaction between two species of Dictyostelium
    Chandra N Jack
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA
    BMC Evol Biol 8:293. 2008
  5. pmc The phylogeny of the social wasp subfamily Polistinae: evidence from microsatellite flanking sequences, mitochondrial COI sequence, and morphological characters
    Elisabeth Arevalo
    Department of Biology, Providence College, Providence, RI 02918 0001, USA
    BMC Evol Biol 4:8. 2004
  6. ncbi request reprint Genetic conflicts and intercellular heterogeneity
    J E Strassmann
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA
    J Evol Biol 17:1189-91; discussion 1192-4. 2004
  7. ncbi request reprint Worker interests and male production in Polistes gallicus, a Mediterranean social wasp
    J E Strassmann
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX 77005 1892, USA
    J Evol Biol 16:254-9. 2003
  8. pmc Evolution of cooperation and control of cheating in a social microbe
    Joan E Strassmann
    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX 77005, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 108:10855-62. 2011
  9. ncbi request reprint Social evolution: early production of deadly males by competing queens
    Joan E Strassmann
    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, MS 170 Rice University, 6100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77005 1892, USA
    Curr Biol 16:R1023-5. 2006
  10. doi request reprint The social organism: congresses, parties, and committees
    Joan E Strassmann
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, MS 170, Rice University, 6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005 1892, USA
    Evolution 64:605-16. 2010

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Publications44

  1. pmc Kin discrimination and possible cryptic species in the social amoeba Polysphondylium violaceum
    Sara E Kalla
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, MS 170, 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005, USA
    BMC Evol Biol 11:31. 2011
    ..Individuals can either cooperate with amoebae from the same clone, or sort to form clonal fruiting bodies. In this study we look at genetic diversity in P. violaceum and at how this diversity impacts social behavior...
  2. pmc Cheating does not explain selective differences at high and low relatedness in a social amoeba
    Gerda Saxer
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology MS 170, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005, USA
    BMC Evol Biol 10:76. 2010
    ..We expected that some strains would be out-competed in both treatments. In addition, we expected that low relatedness might allow the persistence of social cheaters as it provides opportunity to exploit other strains...
  3. pmc Phylogeography and sexual macrocyst formation in the social amoeba Dictyostelium giganteum
    Natasha J Mehdiabadi
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, Texas 77005, USA
    BMC Evol Biol 10:17. 2010
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  4. pmc Segregate or cooperate- a study of the interaction between two species of Dictyostelium
    Chandra N Jack
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA
    BMC Evol Biol 8:293. 2008
    ..Here we examine co-aggregation between D. discoideum and D. purpureum, determine its frequency and which party benefits, and the extent of fair play in contribution to the altruistic caste...
  5. pmc The phylogeny of the social wasp subfamily Polistinae: evidence from microsatellite flanking sequences, mitochondrial COI sequence, and morphological characters
    Elisabeth Arevalo
    Department of Biology, Providence College, Providence, RI 02918 0001, USA
    BMC Evol Biol 4:8. 2004
    ..We used nuclear DNA microsatellite flanking sequences, mitochondrial COI sequence, and morphological characters to generate a phylogeny for the Polistinae (Hymenoptera) using 69 species...
  6. ncbi request reprint Genetic conflicts and intercellular heterogeneity
    J E Strassmann
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA
    J Evol Biol 17:1189-91; discussion 1192-4. 2004
  7. ncbi request reprint Worker interests and male production in Polistes gallicus, a Mediterranean social wasp
    J E Strassmann
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX 77005 1892, USA
    J Evol Biol 16:254-9. 2003
    ..The high fraction of missing queens and early end to the colony cycle relative to climate so early in the season is surprising and may indicate a forceful elimination of the queen...
  8. pmc Evolution of cooperation and control of cheating in a social microbe
    Joan E Strassmann
    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX 77005, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 108:10855-62. 2011
    ..D. discoideum is rapidly becoming a model system of choice for molecular studies of social evolution...
  9. ncbi request reprint Social evolution: early production of deadly males by competing queens
    Joan E Strassmann
    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, MS 170 Rice University, 6100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77005 1892, USA
    Curr Biol 16:R1023-5. 2006
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  10. doi request reprint The social organism: congresses, parties, and committees
    Joan E Strassmann
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, MS 170, Rice University, 6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005 1892, USA
    Evolution 64:605-16. 2010
    ..To understand such conflict, we extend Leigh's metaphor of the parliament of genes to include parties with different interests and committees that work on particular tasks...
  11. doi request reprint How social evolution theory impacts our understanding of development in the social amoeba Dictyostelium
    Joan E Strassmann
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, MS 170, Rice University, 6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005 1892, USA
    Dev Growth Differ 53:597-607. 2011
    ..Clearly, there is a promising future for research at the interface of development and social evolution in this fascinating group...
  12. ncbi request reprint Absence of within-colony kin discrimination: foundresses of the social wasp, Polistes carolina, do not prefer their own larvae
    J E Strassmann
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX 77251 1892, USA
    Naturwissenschaften 87:266-9. 2000
    ..Instead feedings were distributed to progeny as predicted based on their frequency in the nest. The absence of nepotism towards closest kin within colonies in this system is likely to promote colony harmony...
  13. ncbi request reprint Altruism and social cheating in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum
    J E Strassmann
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, Texas 77251 1892, USA
    Nature 408:965-7. 2000
    ..These conflicts complicate the use of D. discoideum as a model for some aspects of development, but they make it highly attractive as a model system for social evolution...
  14. doi request reprint Kin discrimination and cooperation in microbes
    Joan E Strassmann
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, Texas 77005, USA
    Annu Rev Microbiol 65:349-67. 2011
    ..These behaviors can elevate kinship generally and make cooperation easier to evolve and maintain...
  15. pmc Caste totipotency and conflict in a large-colony social insect
    Joan E Strassmann
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX 77251 1892, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 269:263-70. 2002
    ..The patterns of social conflict over queenship resulting from swarm founding in a many-queen society may help to explain the unusually weak caste differentiation in the epiponines...
  16. doi request reprint Social evolution: ant eggs lacking totipotency
    Joan E Strassmann
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology MS 170, Rice University, PO Box 1892, Houston, Texas 77005 1892, USA
    Curr Biol 18:R299-301. 2008
    ..Caste plasticity is a hallmark of social insects. However, maternal effects that limit the caste of eggs may be more widespread than previously appreciated, and can have some odd consequences...
  17. ncbi request reprint A linear dominance hierarchy among clones in chimeras of the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum
    A Fortunato
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX 77005 1892, USA
    J Evol Biol 16:438-45. 2003
    ..These results suggest that there is either a single principal mechanism or additive effects for differential contribution to the spore, and that it involves more than spore/stalk competition...
  18. doi request reprint Facultative cheater mutants reveal the genetic complexity of cooperation in social amoebae
    Lorenzo A Santorelli
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, Texas 77005, USA
    Nature 451:1107-10. 2008
    ..The opportunities for evolutionary moves and countermoves in such conflicts may select for the involvement of multiple pathways and numerous genes...
  19. ncbi request reprint Unrelated helpers in a social insect
    D C Queller
    Department of Ecology and Evolution, Rice University, Houston, Texas 22251 1892, USA
    Nature 405:784-7. 2000
    ..Thus, P. dominulus societies are functionally unlike other social insects, but similar to certain vertebrate societies, in which the unrelated helpers gain through inheritance of a territory or a mate...
  20. ncbi request reprint Cheater-resistance is not futile
    Anupama Khare
    Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, One Baylor Plaza, Houston, Texas 77030, USA
    Nature 461:980-2. 2009
    ..Thus, the evolution of resisters may be instrumental in preserving cooperative behaviour in the face of cheating...
  21. ncbi request reprint Swarm-founding in the polistine wasps: the importance of finding many microsatellite loci in studies of adaptation
    M T Henshaw
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, USA
    Mol Ecol 10:185-91. 2001
    ..We sequenced six loci in other polistine wasps and used the flanking sequences to construct a phylogeny. Based on this phylogeny, we infer that swarm-founding has evolved independently three times in the polistine wasps...
  22. ncbi request reprint Models of cooperation
    D C Queller
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology MS 170, Rice University, Houston, TX 77251 1892, USA
    J Evol Biol 19:1410-2; discussion 1426-36. 2006
  23. ncbi request reprint Social evolution: kin preference in a social microbe
    Natasha J Mehdiabadi
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, Texas 77005, USA
    Nature 442:881-2. 2006
    ..By directing altruism towards kin, D. purpureum should generally avoid the costs of chimaerism experienced by the related D. discoideum...
  24. ncbi request reprint Eusociality
    David C Queller
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology MS 170, Rice University, P O Box 1892, Houston, TX 77005 1892, USA
    Curr Biol 13:R861-3. 2003
  25. pmc Beyond society: the evolution of organismality
    David C Queller
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 777005, USA
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 364:3143-55. 2009
    ....
  26. ncbi request reprint Single-gene greenbeard effects in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum
    David C Queller
    Department of Ecology and Evolution, MS 170, Rice University, Post Office Box 1892, Houston, TX 77251 1892, USA
    Science 299:105-6. 2003
    ..Both properties derive directly from homophilic cell adhesion of the protein encoded by csA...
  27. ncbi request reprint Kin selection
    David C Queller
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, MS 170, Rice University, Houston, Texas 77251 1892, USA
    Curr Biol 12:R832. 2002
  28. ncbi request reprint The many selves of social insects
    David C Queller
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Mail Stop 170, Rice University, Post Office Box 1892, Houston, TX 77251 1892, USA
    Science 296:311-3. 2002
    ..However, genomic imprinting theory predicts that the individual's maternal and paternal genes will evolve separate infraorganismal identities, perhaps leaving virtually no coherent individual identity...
  29. doi request reprint Primitive agriculture in a social amoeba
    Debra A Brock
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77005, USA
    Nature 469:393-6. 2011
    ..The striking convergent evolution between bacterial husbandry in social amoebas and fungus farming in social insects makes sense because multigenerational benefits of farming go to already established kin groups...
  30. 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...
  31. ncbi request reprint Male production in stingless bees: variable outcomes of queen-worker conflict
    Eva Toth
    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, PO Box 1892, Houston, Texas 77251, USA
    Mol Ecol 11:2661-7. 2002
    ..Our method of estimating worker male production appears to be more accurate than exclusion, which sometimes underestimates the proportion of males that are worker produced...
  32. pmc Polymorphic members of the lag gene family mediate kin discrimination in Dictyostelium
    ROCIO BENABENTOS
    Graduate Program in Cell and Molecular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030, USA
    Curr Biol 19:567-72. 2009
    ..These findings reveal an early evolutionary origin of kin discrimination and provide insight into the mechanism of social recognition and immunity...
  33. doi request reprint Discovery of a large clonal patch of a social amoeba: implications for social evolution
    Owen M Gilbert
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX 77005, USA
    Mol Ecol 18:1273-81. 2009
    ..The existence of clonal patches may be particularly important for microbial social evolution...
  34. 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...
  35. 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...
  36. pmc An invitation to die: initiators of sociality in a social amoeba become selfish spores
    Jennie J Kuzdzal-Fick
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX 77005 1892, USA
    Biol Lett 6:800-2. 2010
    ..These findings pose the interesting question of why others would join selfish organizers...
  37. pmc Insect societies as divided organisms: the complexities of purpose and cross-purpose
    Joan E Strassmann
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX 77005, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 104:8619-26. 2007
    ..Kin selection analysis of cooperation and conflict in social insects is one of the outstanding achievements of evolutionary theory...
  38. pmc Kin discrimination increases with genetic distance in a social amoeba
    Elizabeth A Ostrowski
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA
    PLoS Biol 6:e287. 2008
    ..discoideum cells co-aggregate more with genetically similar than dissimilar individuals, suggesting the existence of a mechanism that discerns the degree of genetic similarity between individuals in this social microorganism...
  39. ncbi request reprint Co-occurrence in nature of different clones of the social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum
    A Fortunato
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology MS170, Rice University, PO Box 1892, Houston, TX 77251 1892, USA
    Mol Ecol 12:1031-8. 2003
    ..Natural chimerism also makes D. discoideum a good model organism for the investigation of issues relating to coexistence and conflict between cells...
  40. pmc An unusually low microsatellite mutation rate in Dictyostelium discoideum, an organism with unusually abundant microsatellites
    Ryan McConnell
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, Texas 77005, USA
    Genetics 177:1499-507. 2007
    ..The causal relation may in fact be reversed, with low mutation rates evolving to protect against deleterious fitness effects of mutation at the numerous microsatellites...
  41. doi request reprint Phylogeny, reproductive isolation and kin recognition in the social amoeba Dictyostelium purpureum
    Natasha J Mehdiabadi
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, Texas 77005, USA
    Evolution 63:542-8. 2009
    ..These observations suggest that cryptic species might occur within D. purpureum and, more importantly, reveal how genetic variation impacts social interactions...
  42. 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...
  43. ncbi request reprint Animal behaviour: rank crime and punishment
    Joan E Strassmann
    Nature 432:160-2. 2004
  44. doi request reprint DNA methylation is widespread across social Hymenoptera
    Marcus R Kronforst
    Curr Biol 18:R287-8. 2008