Deborah M. Gordon
Professor of Biology, Stanford University

Deborah M Gordon is a professor of biology at Stanford University. She studies behavioural ecology and invasion ecology in ants, using ant colonies to learn how systems operate without central control. She has written about her research for publications such as Scientific American and Wired. Her latest book is Ant Encounters: Interaction Networks and Colony Behavior (2010).

Written by Deborah M. Gordon

Essay/
Biology
Local links run the world

Networks regulate everything from ant colonies and middle schools to epidemics and the internet. Here’s how they work

Deborah M Gordon

Essay/
Biology
The queen does not rule

The ant colony has often served as a metaphor for human order and hierarchy. But real ant society is radical to its core

Deborah M Gordon