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D. M. Gordon. 2023. The Ecology of Collective Behavior. Princeton University Press.

D. M. Gordon. 2010. Ant Encounters: Interaction Networks and Colony Behavior. Princeton University Press.

D. M. Gordon. 1999. Ants at Work: how an insect society is organized. Free Press, Simon and Schuster. 2000 paperback, W. W. Norton.


2023. Gordon, D. M., Steiner, E., Das, B., Walker, N. S. Harvester ant colonies differ in collective behavioural plasticity to regulate water loss. Royal Society Open Science. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.230726 Website
2023. Nelson, R. A., MacArthur-Waltz, D. J., Gordon, D. M. Critical thermal limits and temperature-dependent walking speed may mediate coexistence between the native winter ant (Prenolepis imparis) and the invasive Argentine ant (Linepithema humile). Journal of Thermal Biology 111 (2023) 103392. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2022.103392 PDF
2023. Bas, D. and Gordon, D. M. Biological rhythms and task allocation in ant colonies. Current Opinion in Insect Science 58:101062. DOI: 10.1016/j.cois.2023.101062 PDF
2023. F. R. Adler et al. Modeling collective cell behavior in cancer: Perspectives from an interdisciplinary conversation. Cell Systems 14:252–257. DOI: 10.1016/j.cels.2023.03.002 PDF
2023. Gordon, D. M. Collective behavior in relation with changing environments: Dynamics, modularity, and agency. Evolution & Development, 1–9. DOI: 10.1111/ede.12439 PDF
2023. Garg, S., Shiragur, K., Gordon, D. M., Charikar, M. Distributed algorithms from arboreal ants for the shortest path problem. Proceedings National Academy of Sciences 120 (6) e2207959120v. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2207959120 Website
2022. Gordon D. M. The red harvester ant. Nature Methods 19: 1324–1325. DOI: 10.1038/s41592-022-01671-4 Website
2022. Sundaram, M., Steiner, E., and D. M. Gordon. Rainfall, neighbors and foraging: the dynamics of a population of red harvester ant colonies 1988-2019. Ecological Monographs. DOI: 10.1002/ecm.1503 PDF or Website
2022. Nova, N., Pagliari R and D.M. Gordon. Individual variation does not regulate forager response to humidity in harvester ants. Frontiers Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2021.756204 Website
2021. Chandrasekhar, A., Marshall, J. A. R., Austin C., Navlakha, S., and Gordon, D. M. Better tired than lost: Turtle ant trail networks favor coherence over short edges. PLoS Computational Biology. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1009523. Website
2021. Couper, L. I., Sanders, N. J., Heller, N. E. and D.M. Gordon. Multiyear drought exacerbates long-term effects of climate on an invasive ant species. Ecology. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.3476 Website
2021. MacArthur-Waltz, D J., Nelson R. A., Lee, G.I., and D. M. Gordon. Tree preference and temporal activity patterns for a native ant community in an urbanized California woodland. J. Insect Behavior. DOI: 10.1007/s10905-021-09778-w Website
2021. Ouellette, NT and DM Gordon. Goals and limitations of modeling collective behavior in biological systems. Frontiers in Physics. DOI: 10.3389/fphy.2021.68782 Website
2020. Gordon, Deborah M. Movement, encounter rate, and collective behavior in ant colonies. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 1-6. DOI: 10.1093/aesa/saaa036 Website
2020. Shin, M., D A Friedman, D. A., Gordon, D. M., and Venton B. J. Measurement of natural variation of neurotransmitter tissue content in red harvester ant brains among different colonies. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 412:6167–6175 DOI: 10.1007/s00216-019-02355-3 Website
2020. Friedman DA, York RA, Hilliard AT and DM Gordon. Gene expression variation in the brains of harvester ant foragers is associated with collective behavior. Communications Biology 3, 100. DOI: 10.1038/s42003-020-0813-8 Website
2019. El Hady, A., Davidson, J. D., and Gordon, D. M. Editorial: An Ecological Perspective on Decision-Making: Empirical and Theoretical Studies in Natural and Natural-Like Environments. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 7:461. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2019.00461 Website
2019. Gordon. D. M. Measuring collective behavior: an ecological approach. Theory in Biosciences. DOI: 10.1007/s12064-019-00302-5 PDF
2019. Adler F.A., Gordon, D.M. Cancer Ecology and Evolution: Positive interactions and system vulnerability. Current Opinion in Systems Biology 17. DOI: 10.1016/j.coisb.2019.09.001 PDF
2019. Moses M. E., Cannon J L, Gordon D M., Forrest, S. Distributed adaptive search in T-cells: lessons from ants. Frontiers in Immunology 10. DOI: 10.3389/fimmu.2019.01357 Website
2019. Friedman D.A., Greene M.J., Gordon D. M. The physiology of forager hydration and variation among harvester ant (Pogonomyrmex barbatus) colonies in collective foraging behavior. Scientific Reports 9. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-41586-3 Website
2019. Gordon, D. M. The ecology of collective behavior in ants. Annual Review of Entomology. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-ento-011118-111923 Website
2018. Pagliara R., Gordon DM, Leonard NE. Regulation of harvester ant foraging as a closed-loop excitable system. PLoS Computational Biology DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1006200 Website
2018. Friedman, D. A., Pilko, A., Skowronska-Krawczyk, D., Krasinska, K., Parker, J. W., Hirsh, J., Gordon, D. M. The role of dopamine in the collective regulation of foraging in harvester ants. iScience. DOI: 10.1016/j.isci.2018.09.001 Website
2018. Burford, B. P., Lee, G., Friedman, D. A., Brachmann, E., Khan, R., MacArthur-Waltz, D. J., McCarty, A. D., Gordon, D. M. Foraging behavior and locomotion of the invasive Argentine ant from winter aggregations. PloS ONE, 13(8), e0202117. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0202117 Website
2018. Chandrasekhar, A., Gordon, D. M., Navlakha, S. A distributed algorithm to maintain and repair the trail networks of arboreal ants. Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-27160-3 Website
2017. Gordon, D. M. Local regulation of trail networks of the arboreal turtle ant, Cephalotes goniodontus. American Naturalist. DOI: 10.1086/693418 PDF
2017. Davidson, J. D. and Gordon, D. M. Spatial organization and interactions of harvester ants during foraging activity. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2017.0413 Website or PDF
2016. Gordon, D. M. The evolution of the algorithms for collective behavior. Cell Systems 3:514-520 DOI: 10.1016/j.cels.2016.10.013 PDF or website
2016. Ingram, K. K., Gordon, D.M., Friedman, D. A., Greene, M., Kahler, J., Peteru, S. Context-dependent expression of the foraging gene in field colonies of ants: the interacting roles of age, environment and task. Proceedings Royal Society B 283 20160841; DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.0841 View
2016. Davidson, J.S., Auraco-Aliaga, R.P., Crow, S., Gordon, D.M., Goldman, M.S. Effect of interactions between harvester ants on forager decisions. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 05 October 2016. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2016.00115 View
2016. Friedman, D. A. and Gordon, D. M. Ant genetics: reproductive physiology, worker morphology, and behavior. Annual Reviews Neuroscience 39:41-56. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-neuro-070815-013927 View
2016. Jandt, J.M. and Gordon, D.M. The behavioral ecology of variation in social insects. Current Opinion in Insect Science 15:40-44. DOI: 10.1016/j.cois.2016.02.012 PDF
2016. Dosmann, A., Bahet, N., and D. M. Gordon. Experimental modulation of external microbiome affects nestmate recognition in harvester ants (Pogonomyrmex barbatus). Peer J DOI 10.7717/peerj.1566 View on PeerJ (open access)
2016. Gordon, D.M. From division of labor to collective behavior. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. DOI: 10.1007/s00265-015-2045-3 View on Springer Link (open access)
2015. Pless, E., Queirolo, J., Pinter-Wollman, N., Crow, S.P., Allen, K., Mathur, M.B., Gordon, D.M. Interactions increase forager availability and activity in harvester ants. PLoS One. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0141971 View on PLoS One
2015. Esponda, F., Gordon, D.M. Distributed nestmate recognition in ants. Proceedings Royal Society B. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2838 Proceedings Royal Society B website
2015. Countryman, S.M., Stumpe, M.C., Crow, S.P., Adler, F.R., Greene, M.J., Vonshak, M., Gordon, D.M. Collective search by ants in microgravity. Frontiers Ecology Evolution. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2015.00025 frontiers website
2015. Vonshak, M. and Gordon D. M. Intermediate disturbance promotes invasive ant abundance. Biological Conservation 186:359-367. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.03.024 PDF
2014. Gordon, D.M. The ecology of collective behavior. PloS Biology DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001805 View on PLoS Biology
2014. Gordon, D. M. and N. E. Heller. The invasive Argentine ant Linepithema humile (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Northern California reserves: from foraging behavior to local spread. Myrmecological News 19:103-110. Myrmecological News Website
2013. Gordon, D.M. The rewards of restraint in the collective regulation of foraging by harvester ant colonies. Nature. DOI: 10.1038/nature12137 Nature website or PDF
2013. Pringle, E. G., Ackay, E., Raab, T., Dirzo, R., and D. M. Gordon. Water stress strengthens mutualism among ants, trees, and scale insects. PLoS Biology. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001705 View on PLoS Biology
2013. Ingram, K.K., Pilko A., Heer J., and D.M. Gordon. Colony life history and lifetime reproductive success of red harvester ant colonies. Journal of Animal Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12036 PDF
2013. Gordon D. M., Pilko A., DeBortoli N., Ingram K. K. Does an ecological advantage produce the asymmetric lineage ratio in a harvester ant population? Oecologia. DOI 10.1007/s00442-013-2690-z View on Springer Link (open access)
2013. Pinter-Wollman, N., Bala A., Merrell A., Queirolo J., Stumpe M.C., Holmes S., D. M. Gordon. Harvester ants use interactions to regulate forager activation and availability. Animal Behaviour 86(1):197-207 PDF
2013. Gordon, D.M., Dektar, K.N., Pinter-Wollman, N. Harvester ant colony variation in foraging activity and response to humidity. PLoS ONE 8(5): e63363. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0063363 View on PLoS ONE
2013. Greene, M.J., Pinter-Wollman, N., and D.M. Gordon. Interactions with combined chemical cues inform harvester ant foragers' decisions to leave the nest in search of food. PLoS ONE 8(1):e52219. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0052219 View on PLoS ONE
2013. Sturgis, S.J. and D.M. Gordon. Aggression is task-dependent in the red harvester ant (Pogonomyrmex barbatus). Behavioral Ecology 24(2):532-539 PDF
2013. T P Flanagan, N M Pinter-Wollman, M E Moses, D M Gordon. Fast and flexible: Argentine ants recruit from nearby trails. PLoS One: 8(8): e70888. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0070888 View on PLoS ONE
2013. Pringle, E. G. and D. M. Gordon. Protection mutualisms and the community: geographic variation in an ant-plant symbiosis and the consequences for herbivores. Sociobiology 60(3): 242-251. DOI: 10.13102/sociobiology.v60i3.242-251 PDF
2012. Fitzgerald, K., Heller, N., and D.M. Gordon. Modeling the spread of the Argentine ant into natural areas: Habitat suitability and spread from neighboring sites. Ecological Modelling 247:262-272. doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2012.07.036 PDF
2012. Gordon, D.M. The dynamics of foraging trails in the tropical arboreal ant Cephalotes goniodontus. PLoS ONE 7(11):e50472. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0050472 View on PLoS ONE
2012. Prabhakar, B., Dektar, K.N., and D.M. Gordon. The regulation of ant colony foraging activity without spatial information. PLoS Computational Biology 8(8):e1002670. DOI:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002670 View on PLoS Computational Biology
2012. Pinter-Wollman, N., Gordon, D.M., and S. Holmes. Nest site and weather affect the personality of harvester ant colonies. Behavioral Ecology 23(5): 1022-1029. doi: 10.1093/beheco/ars066 PDF
2012. Fitzgerald, K., Gordon, D.M. Effects of vegetation cover, presence of a native ant species, and human disturbance on colonization by Argentine Ants. Conservation Biology 26(3): 525-538. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2012.01836.x PDF
2012. Pringle, E., Ramirez, S.R., Bonebrake, T.C., Gordon, D.M., Dirzo, R. Diversification and phylogeographic structure in widespread Azteca plant-ants from the northern Neotropics. Molecular Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05618.x PDF
2012. Pringle, E., Dirzo, R., and D.M. Gordon. Plant defense, herbivory, and the growth of Cordia alliodora trees and their symbiotic Azteca ant colonies. Oecologia. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-012-2340-x PDF
2012. Sturgis, S., and D.M. Gordon. Nestmate recognition in ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae): A review. Myrmecological News 16: 101-110 Myrmecological News Website
2012. Gordon, D. M. What we don't know about the evolution of cooperation in animals. In Cooperation and Its Evolution, Kim Sterelny, Richard Joyce, Brett Calcott, and Ben Fraser, Editors. Cambridge, Massuchesetts, The MIT Press. PDF
2011. Sorrells, T.R., L.Y. Kuritzky, P.G. Kauhanen, K. Fitzgerald, S.J. Sturgis, J. Chen, C.A. Dijamco, K.N. Basurto, and D.M. Gordon. Chemical defense by the native Winter Ant (Prenolepis imparis) against the invasive Argentine Ant (Linepithema humile). PLoS ONE 6(4):e18717. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0018717 PDF
2011. Sturgis, S.J., M.J. Green, and D.M. Gordon. Hydrocarbons on harvester ant (Pogonomyrmex barbatus) middens guide foragers to the nest. Journal of Chemical Ecology. DOI: 10.1007/s10886-011-9947-y PDF
2011. Pinter-Wollman, N., R. Wollman, A. Guetz, S. Holmes, and D.M. Gordon. The effect of individual variation on the structure and function of interaction networks in harvester ants. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2011.0059 PDF
2011. Gordon, D.M. Twitter in the ant nest. Natural History 119(6): 10-41 PDF
2011. Gordon, D.M. The fusion of ecology and behavioral ecology. Behavioral Ecology 22(2): 225-230 PDF
2011. Gordon, D.M., A. Guetz, M.J. Greene, and S. Holmes. Colony variation in the collective regulation of foraging by harvester ants. Behavioral Ecology 22(2): 429-435 PDF
2011. Pringle, E., Dirzo R. and D.M. Gordon. Indirect benefits of symbiotic coccoids for an ant-defended myrmecophytic tree. Ecology 92(1): 37-46 PDF
2009. Suni, S. and D.M. Gordon. Fine-scale genetic structure and dispersal distance in the harvester ant Pogonomyrmex barbatus. Heredity 104(2):168-173 PDF
2009. Frederickson, M.E. and D.M. Gordon. The intertwined population biology of two Amazonian myrmecophytes and their symbiotic ants. Ecology 90(6):1595-1607 PDF
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