Sam Flaxman
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Cornell University, 2006

Ramaley N211 (lab)
303-492-7184
samuel.flaxman@colorado.edu

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Sam  Flaxman
Research Interests

Research in my lab combines theoretical and empirical approaches in a variety of projects that investigate the evolutionary ecology of competition and conflict. The majority of my research explores predator-prey interactions in the context of habitat selection (i.e., small scale spatial distributions and real-time interactions of organisms). This research uses a combination of analytic modeling (in collaboration with Yuan Lou, Department of Mathematics, Ohio State University), simulation modeling, and empirical investigations of a tritrophic system. The latter are conducted with fava bean plants, pea aphids, and lady beetles in experimental microcosms. The other projects I am currently working on are (1) an evolutionary simulation model of food web assembly and (2) exploring the adaptive significance of morning sickness in human pregnancy. I am currently seeking graduate students to join my lab; please contact me if you are interested.

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Selected Publications

Flaxman SM, Lou Y, and Meyer FG. 2011. Evolutionary ecology of movements by predators and prey. In press at Theoretical Ecology (expected date of publication: March 2011).

Nosil P, Flaxman SM. 2011. Conditions for mutation-order speciation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 278: 399-407. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2010.1215.

Flaxman SM, Lou Y. 2009. Tracking prey or tracking the prey