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.
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