Queller joined Rice in 1984. He is interested in the evolution of social interactions in contexts that involve cooperation, conflict, or both. He has studied wasps and stingless bees to determine the benefits of sociality, the role of genetic relatedness and the extent of conflicts within social insect societies. Recently, he has turned his focus to the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum.
Strassmann and Queller are currently using well-developed genetic and genomic resources for Dictyostelium discoideum to find genes involved in social interactions, and they are using those genes to test evolutionary hypotheses, for example whether social evolution is particularly rapid.
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