Research Topics

Deborah M Gordon


Affiliation: Stanford University
Country: USA


  1. Friedman D, Gordon D. Ant Genetics: Reproductive Physiology, Worker Morphology, and Behavior. Annu Rev Neurosci. 2016;39:41-56 pubmed publisher
    ..Ant behavioral genetics needs further investigation of the feedback between individual-level physiological changes and socially mediated responses to environmental conditions. ..
  2. Gordon D, Pilko A, De Bortoli N, Ingram K. Does an ecological advantage produce the asymmetric lineage ratio in a harvester ant population?. Oecologia. 2013;173:849-57 pubmed publisher
    ..Our results show no ecological advantage for either lineage, indicating that differences between the lineages in sex ratio allocation may be sufficient to maintain the current asymmetry of the lineage ratio in this population. ..
  3. Gordon D. The Ecology of Collective Behavior in Ants. Annu Rev Entomol. 2019;64:35-50 pubmed publisher
  4. Gordon D, Dektar K, Pinter Wollman N. Harvester ant colony variation in foraging activity and response to humidity. PLoS ONE. 2013;8:e63363 pubmed publisher
    ..We found that the effect of returning foragers on the rate of outgoing foragers increases with humidity. There are consistent differences among colonies in foraging activity that persist from year to year. ..
  5. Esponda F, Gordon D. Distributed nestmate recognition in ants. Proc Biol Sci. 2015;282:20142838 pubmed publisher
  6. Chandrasekhar A, Gordon D, Navlakha S. A distributed algorithm to maintain and repair the trail networks of arboreal ants. Sci Rep. 2018;8:9297 pubmed publisher
    ..Our proposed algorithm uses fewer computational resources than common distributed graph search algorithms, and thus may be useful in other domains, such as for swarm computing or for coordinating molecular robots. ..
  7. Gordon D. The dynamics of foraging trails in the tropical arboreal ant Cephalotes goniodontus. PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e50472 pubmed publisher
    ..This suggests that the allocation of foragers to different trails is regulated by interactions at the nest. ..
  8. Gordon D. The rewards of restraint in the collective regulation of foraging by harvester ant colonies. Nature. 2013;498:91-3 pubmed publisher
    ..These results indicate that natural selection is shaping the collective behaviour that regulates foraging activity, and that the selection pressure, related to climate, may grow stronger if the current drought in their habitat persists. ..
  9. Gordon D. The Evolution of the Algorithms for Collective Behavior. Cell Syst. 2016;3:514-520 pubmed publisher
    ..I suggest that a focus on the dynamics of the environment may provide new hypotheses for elucidating the algorithms that produce the collective behavior of cellular systems. ..