The challenge of cooperation: from bacteria to humans

Wednesdays 12:10 to 1:00 in PES 3001

Organized by Mark Lubell (faculty member in charge) and Ford Denison.

The purpose of this seminar is to bring together people at UC Davis who study cooperation from a variety of disciplines, and to look for common lessons. The seminar will begin with an introductory session where students read some of the core papers in the study of cooperation, for example, Garrett Hardin (1968) "Tragedy of the Commons". We will then have eight invited seminar speakers from three areas: noncognitive models of cooperation (e.g., bacteria or plants); semicognitive (e.g., social animals); and humans (allegedly cognitive). In the final week, the students will present 3-5 page papers that focus on the most important thing they learned about cooperation from the series.

April 7

Introduction (Denison, Lubell)

April 14

Toby Kiers (Agronomy & Range Sci.): "Sanctions maintain cooperation between N2-fixing rhizobia and their legume plant hosts"

April 21

Jessica Flack (Santa Fe Inst.): "Conflict Management Mechanisms & Social System Robustness in Primate Societies"

April 28

Maureen Stanton (Ecol. & Evol.): "Mutualisms as interacting guilds: conflict and cooperation"

May 5

Rick Grosberg (Ecol. & Evol.): "Fair and foul are next of kin: the evolution of self/nonself recognition and individuality"

May 12

Elena Berg (Wildlife Biol.): "Cooperation and conflict in birds with helpers at the nest"

May 19

Richard McElreath (Anthropology): "Explaining cross-cultural variation in cooperation: New ethnography and experiments in 15 small-scale societies"

May 26

Karthik Panchanathan (UCLA): Reputation-based reciprocity can stabilize cooperation (or anything else)

June 2

Denise Cummins (Philosophy): ""Cooperation among agents of unequal social status: Constraints, expectations, and outcomes"

June 9

Discussion