• Cooperation and Conflict Lab

    Exploring new worlds

  • THE MISSION

    We explore how cooperation and conflict shape life, from human societies to cellular interactions.

  • VALUES

    Diversity. Collaboration. Engagement.

  • Select Publications

    Understanding cooperation through fitness interdependence

    Aktipis A, Cronk L, Alcock J, Ayers JD, Baciu C. et al. (2018) Understanding cooperation through fitness interdependence. Nature Human Behavior.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Resource conflict and cooperation between human host and gut microbiota: implications for nutrition and health.

    Wasielewski, H., Alcock, J., Aktipis, C. A. (2016). Resource conflict and cooperation between human host and gut microbiota: implications for nutrition and health. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1372: 20–28.

    Cooperation in an uncertain world: For the Maasai of East Africa need-based transfers outperform account keeping in volatile environments.

    Aktipis, C.A., Cronk, L., De Aguilar, R (2016). Cooperation in an uncertain world: For the Maasai of East Africa need-based transfers outperform account keeping in volatile environments. Human Ecology, 44(3): 353–364.

     

    Principles of cooperation across systems: from human sharing to multicellularity and cancer.

    Aktipis, A. (2016). Principles of cooperation across systems: from human sharing to multicellularity and cancer. Evolutionary Applications, 9:17–36.

     

     

     

     

     

    Fetal microchimerism and maternal health: A review and evolutionary analysis of cooperation and conflict beyond the womb.

    Boddy, A. M., Fortunato, A., Wilson Sayres, M. and Aktipis, A. (2015). Fetal microchimerism and maternal health: A review and evolutionary analysis of cooperation and conflict beyond the womb. Bioessays, 37: 1106–1118.

     

    Cancer across life: Cooperation and cheating in multicellularity.

    Aktipis, C. A., Boddy, A., Jansen, G., Hochberg, M., Maley, C., Hibner, U., Wilkinson, G. (2015). Cancer across life: Cooperation and cheating in multicellularity. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

     

     

    Is eating behavior manipulated by the gastrointestinal microbiota? Evolutionary pressures and potential mechanisms.

    Alcock, J., Maley, C.C., Aktipis, C.A. (2014). Is eating behavior manipulated by the gastrointestinal microbiota? Evolutionary pressures and potential mechanisms. Bioessays. Online publication 8/7/14.

     

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  • Mission

     

    We examine diverse systems including human societies, cancer in multicellular bodies, the human microbiome, and cooperative multi-species communities (kombucha) to understand the fundamental principles that are shared across systems and to discover new strategies for addressing challenges. Our goal is to better understand how this fundamental tension has shaped the evolution of life and how the management of cooperation and conflict within us (and between us) can support human health and well-being.

     

  • Values

    We value cooperation, inclusivity, diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, community engagement through science outreach and arts, and the principles of open science. We believe that creativity and play are tools for discovery, that diversity of all kinds enhances our capacity to explore new intellectual territory, and that interdisciplinary cooperation and effective communication are essential tools for 21st century science.

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