Gro Vang Amdam, Dr.
Associate Professor of Integrative Neuroscience and Sociobiology
Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås
Born in 1974 in Norway;
Studied Theoretical Regulatory Biology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Social Insects as a Model System for Evolutionary Developmental Biology
Life History "Ground Plans" in Social Insect Evo-DevoRecent work from my group and collaborators suggests that selection on major life history regulators may have been central to evolution of insect social behavior. By defining a "ground plan" of co-regulated traits, these systems can contribute to predictable variation in social phenotypes and serve as substrates for selective breeding.
I would like to mature these hypotheses into a heuristic framework that describes my ideas on the mechanisms of the "ground plan". This framework will allow the focus group to expand its explanatory models to include specific candidate regulators. I believe this extended insight can change our understanding of how social behavior can emerge.
Linksvayer, T. A., O. Rueppell, O. Kaftanoglu, R. E. Page, and G. V. Amdam. 2009. "The genetic basis for transgressive ovary size in honey bee workers." Genetics, in press.
Patel, A., K. F. Fondrk, O. Kaftanoglu, C. Emore, G. Hunt, K. Frederick, and G. A. Amdam. 2007. "The making of a queen: TOR pathway is a key player in diphenic caste development." PLoS ONE 6: e509. Featured in Nature, Research highlights.
Amdam, G. V., A. Csondes, M. K. Fondrk, and R. E. Page. 2006. "Complex social behaviour derived from maternal reproductive traits." Nature 439: 76-78.