Key words -- evolutionary and behavioural ecology, life history, social evolution, kin selection, inclusive fitness, demography, phenotypic plasticity, cooperation, altruism, dispersal.
I develop theoretical models to understand the social adaptations of organisms. To this purpose, I develop mathematical models using a variety of methods, such as: kin selection, game theory, population genetics and individual-based simulations. I develop general models to identify and understand key selection pressures acting on social traits, but also specific models tailored for particular biological systems. My work relates to a wide range of organisms, including: viruses, bacteria, fungi, insects, birds, and mammals.
O'Brien, S., A. M. M. Rodrigues, and A. Buckling. 2013. The evolution of bacterial mutation rates under simultaneous selection by interspecific and social parasitism. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 280, 20131913. [doi]
Taylor, T. B., A. M. M. Rodrigues, A. Gardner, and A. Buckling. 2013. The social evolution of dispersal with public goods cooperation. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26, 2644–2653. [doi]