Deborah M. Gordon

DEBORAH M. GORDON received her PhD from Duke University, then did postdoctoral research in the Harvard Society of Fellows, at Oxford University, and the Centre for Population Biology at the University of London, and joined the faculty at Stanford in 1991. She is the author of three books, Ants at Work (Norton 2000); Ant Encounters: Interaction Networks and Colony Behavior (Primers in Complex Systems, Princeton University Press, 2010), and The Ecology of Collective Behavior (f2023, Princeton University Press). Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, and the Quest award of the Animal Behavior Society. Her lab studies collective behavior in ants and the role of chemical signaling and olfaction in the regulation of tasks in response to changing environmental conditions and cues, including the role of dopamine signaling. More broadly, she is interested in bridging insights from different disciplines that study dynamic systems and feedback control circuits, ranging across mathematical modeling, ecology, evolutionary biology, cell biology, and neuroscience.