dr. Chaitanya S. Gokhale

Theoretical Models of Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics

Interactions between species take different forms (cooperation / competition etc.) which can be considered to be one of the fundamental forces of evolution. The species of interest could be at any level of organisation, from chemical reactants to memes.
Mathematical analysis of such interactions usually assumes linearity. However, in Nature, complex interactions are rather the norm. Can we get a general understanding of such nonlinear interactions? To understand such complexities we usually resort to the simplicity of evolutionary game theory. As for the theory itself, we hope to further it regarding evolutionary multiplayer games.
Thus the research aim is twofold - developing a simple theory of complex interactions and applying it to study intricate interactions such as in host-parasite coevolution, mutualism and social dilemmas.
Related topics are the origins of life and the origins and evolution of multicellularity.

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Dr. Chaitanya S. Gokhale

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön

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Selected Publications

  • Gokhale CS, Hauert C (2016) Eco-evolutionary dynamics of social dilemmas. Theoretical Population Biology 111:28–42.
  • Gokhale CS, Papkou A, Traulsen A, Schulenburg H (2013) Lotka–Volterra dynamics kills the Red Queen: population size fluctuations and associated stochasticity dramatically change host-parasite coevolution. BMC Evolutionary Biology 13:254.
  • Gokhale CS, Traulsen A (2012) Mutualism and evolutionary multiplayer games: revisiting the Red King. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 279(1747):4611–4616.
  • Gokhale CS, Traulsen A (2010) Evolutionary games in the multiverse. PNAS 107(12):5500–5504.
  • Gokhale CS, Iwasa Y, Nowak MA, Traulsen A (2009) The pace of evolution across fitness valleys. Journal of Theoretical Biology 259(3):613–620.