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Zachary Shaffer

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Biography: 

Zack Shaffer is a lecturer with the School of Life Sciences.  With a background in science education, Shaffer completed his doctoral degree at Arizona State University in 2014.  Since matriculating he has worked as a part-time instructor with the School of Life Sciences and beginning in the fall of 2017 became a full-time lecturer.

Shaffer's scientific interests are broad - with connections to the fields of animal behavior, evolution, and ecology.  His primary research has thus far been in collaboration with ASU's Dr. Stephen Pratt - involving the collective behavior of insect societies (especially Temnothorax ants).

Education: 

PhD, Biology, ASU, 2014

Masters Degree, Curriculum and Instruction, ASU, 2000

BA, Biology, University of Kansas, 1996

 

 

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A brief video describing the paper we published:The foundress’s dilemma: group selection for cooperation among queens of the harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex californicus
Research Interests: 

As a behavioral ecologist, Zack Shaffer's research interests range into fields including animal behavior, evolution, and ecology. Of special interest is the individual and collective behavior of animal societies, including ants, cockroaches, and chickens.    

Publications:

Shaffer, Z., Sasaki, T., Pratt, S.  2013 Animal Behaviour.  ‘Linear recruitment leads to allocation and flexibility in collective foraging by ants’.

Sasaki, T., Janssen, MA., Shaffer, Z., Pratt, SC  2016 Current Zoology ‘Exploration of unpredictable environments by networked groups’.

Sasaki, T., Penick, C., Shaffer, Z., Haight, K., Pratt, S., Leibig, J., 2016 American Naturalist.  ‘A simple and general model of dominance hierarchy formation’.

Shaffer, Z, Sasaki, T., Haney, B., Janssen, M., Pratt, S., Fewell, J. 2016 Scientific Reports ‘The Foundress’s dilemma: group selection for cooperation among queens of the ant, Pogonomyrmex californicus’.

 

 

 

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