Affiliate - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Professor - Biology
Humanities and Sciences
Deborah Gordon studies behavioral ecology and invasion ecology in different ant populations. In particular, Dr. Gordon studies how colony organization and operation is regulated by ants encountering other ants, how gene expression for foraging changes as ants move from work inside the nest to foraging outside the nest, how the nest regulates foraging behavior, and how colony behavior changes as it grows older and larger. Dr. Gordon also studies the spread and social behavior of Argentine ants in Northern California, and their relationship to other species such as lycaenid butterflies. Finally, Dr. Gordon studies the relationship between ants and plants in the Peruvian Amazon, Mexico, and Costa Rica.
Selected Publications by this Author
News & Press Releases
Woods Affiliate Deborah Gordon (biology) discusses why Argentine ants have been so successful at colonizing in California.
By Laurel Hamers,
Describes Woods Senior Fellow Deborah Gordon's studies of ants and how humans may learn from them
By Sudeshna Chowdhury,
A close inspection of ant behavior by Deborah Gordon, a Stanford biology professor affiliated with Stanford Woods
By Deborah Gordon,