Deborah M Gordon

Professor of Biology

Concentration Advising
Academic Appointments
Professor, Biology
Member, Bio-X
Affiliate, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Member, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
Deborah M. Gordon is a Professor in the Department of Biology at Stanford University. She studies how ant colonies work without central control using networks of simple interactions, and how these networks evolve in relation to changing environments. She received her PhD from Duke University, then joined the Harvard Society of Fellows, and did postdoctoral research at Oxford and the University of London before joining the Stanford faculty in 1991. Projects include a long-term study of a population of harvester ant colonies in Arizona, studies of the invasive Argentine ant in northern California, arboreal ant trail networks and ant-plant mutualisms in Central America.
Honors & Awards
Quest Award, Animal Behavior Society (2020)
Fellow, Animal Behavior Society (2017)
Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford (2009-10, 2001-02)
Fellow, California Academy of Sciences (2007-)
Guggenheim Fellowship, Guggenheim Foundation (2001-02)
Gores Award for excellence in teaching, Stanford University (2001)
Degrees / Education
BA, Oberlin College, French (1976)
M.Sc, Stanford University, Biology (1977)
PhD, Duke University, Zoology (1984)