Dr. Richard Michod

Professor
Positions and Education: 
  • Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, 1987 - present.
  • Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, 1982 - 1987.
  • Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, 1978-1982.
  • Ph.D., Genetics, Zoology, University of Georgia, 1978
  • M.A., Mathematics, University of Georgia, 1978.
  • B.S., Zoology, Duke University, 1973
Research Interests: 

Richard Michod is interested in the evolutionary process, especially the evolution of interactions within populations. His main focus is on cooperative interactions and conflict. Specific topics include the evolution of sex, origin of individuality, origin of life, and the evolution of social behavior. His methods of research involve mathematical and computer analysis, laboratory work with micro-organisms, and philosophical analysis.

Selected Publications: 
  1. Solari, C.A., J. O. Kessler, and R. E. Michod. 2006. A hydrodynamics approach to the evolution of multicellularity: Flagellar motility and cell differentiation in volvocalean green algae. American Naturalist. 167:537-554. (PDF). Receipient of the President's Award Paper of the Year in American Naturalist for 2006.
  2. Solari, C. A., S. Ganguly, J. O. Kessler, R. E. Michod, and R. E. Goldstein. 2006. Multicellularity and the functional interdependence of motility and molecular transport. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 103:1353-1358. (PDF)
  3. Michod, R.E. 2006. The group covariance effect and fitness trade-offs during evolutionary transitions. PNAS, USA. 103:9113-9117.(PDF)
  4. Nedelcu A.M., Michod R.E. 2006. The evolutionary origin of an altruistic gene in Volvox carteri. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 8:1460-1464. (PDF)
  5. Michod R.E., Herron M.D. 2006. Cooperation and conflict during evolutionary transitions in individuality. Journal of Evolutionary Biology.19:1406-1409. (PDF)
  6. Michod, R.E. 2007. Evolution of individuality during the transition from unicellular to multicellular life. PNAS, USA. 104: 8613-8618. (PDF)
  7. Michod, R.E. 2007. Evolution of individuality during the transition from unicellular to multicellular life. In: In the light of evolution: Volume 1. Adaptation and complex design, edited by J. C. Avise and F. J. Ayala, Washington, D.C.:The National Academies Press, p. 129-144.
  8. Michod, R.E. H. Bernstein, and A. M. Nedelcu. 2008. Adaptive value of sex in microbial pathogens. Infection, Genetics and Evolution 8:267–285. (PDF)
  9. Herron, M.D. and R. E. Michod. 2008. Evolution of complexity in the volvocine algae: transitions in individuality through Darwin's eye. Evolution. 62-2: 436–451. (PDF)
  10. Soari, C. A., Michod, R. E. and R. E. Goldstein. 2008. Volvox barberi, the fastest swimmer of the volvocales (chlorophyceae). J. Phycol. 44, 1395–1398. (PDF)
  11. Michod R.E. 2009. Social evolution and sex: Cooperation and conflict from molecules to societies. In Aux origines du sexe. Edited by A. Civard-Racinais and P. H. Gouyon. Paris:Fayard. In press.
  12. Michod, R.E. 2009. Sex and multicellularity as evolutionary transitions in individuality. In: Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited, edited by K. Sterelny and B. Calcott, Altenberg, Austria:Konrad Lorenz Institute.
  13. Shelton,D.E. and R.E. Michod. 2009. Philosophical foundations for the hierarchy of life (Book review of Evolution and the Levels of Selection by Samir Okasha). Biology and Philosophy, In press.
  14. Herron, M.D., J.D. Hackett, F.O. Aylward and R.E. Michod. 2009. Triassic origin and early radiation of multicellular volvocine algae. PNAS, USA. Early Edition. (PDF)
  15. Michod, R.E. 2009. Sex and multicellularity as evolutionary transitions in individuality. In: Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited, edited by K. Sterelny and B. Calcott, Altenberg, Austria:Konrad Lorenz Institute.
  16. Michod R.E. 2009. Socialite et sexe : Coopération et conflit : des molécules aux sociétés. In Aux origines du sexe. Edited by A. Civard-Racinais and P. H. Gouyon. Paris:Fayard. In press.
  17. Shelton, D. E. and R. E. Michod. (In press). Philosophical foundations for the hierarchy of life (Book review of Evolution and the Levels of Selection by Samir Okasha). Biology and Philosophy.
  18. Solari C.A., Ganguly S., Kessler J.O., Michod R.E., and Goldstein R.E. Phenotypic plasticity of flagellar motility in Volvox due to changes in nutrient concentration. (submitted).
  19. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, submitted. Herron, M. D., A. G. Desnitskiy, and R. E. Michod. (submitted). Evolution of developmental programs in Volvox (Chlorophyta).J. Phycol.
  20. Michod, R.E. 2010. Sociality and sex: Cooperation and conflict from molecules to societies. In. Michod, R.E. and M.D. Herron (eds). CoS Evolution lectures.
  21. Michod, R.E. and M.D. Herron. 2010. (eds) CoS Evolution lectures.

Contact Information

Lab Phone: 
(520) 621-1844
Office Phone: 
(520) 621-1844
Office Location: 
BSW
410
Lab Location: 
BSW
413