Zachary Shaffer

Instructor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4501

Biography

Zack Shaffer is a lecturer with the School of Life Sciences.  With a background in science education, Shaffer completed his doctoral degree at Arizona State University in 2014.  Since matriculating he has worked as a part-time instructor with the School of Life Sciences and beginning in the fall of 2017 became a full-time lecturer.

Shaffer's scientific interests are broad - with connections to the fields of animal behavior, evolution, and ecology.  His primary research has thus far been in collaboration with ASU's Dr. Stephen Pratt - involving the collective behavior of insect societies (especially Temnothorax ants).

Education

PhD, Biology, ASU, 2014

Masters Degree, Curriculum and Instruction, ASU, 2000

BA, Biology, University of Kansas, 1996

 

 

Videos

A brief video describing the paper we published:The foundress’s dilemma: group selection for cooperation among queens of the harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex californicus

Research Interests

As a behavioral ecologist, Zack Shaffer's research interests range into fields including animal behavior, evolution, and ecology. Of special interest is the individual and collective behavior of animal societies, including ants, cockroaches, and chickens.    

Publications:

Shaffer, Z., Sasaki, T., Pratt, S.  2013 Animal Behaviour.  Linear recruitment leads to allocation and flexibility in collective foraging by ants.

Sasaki, T., Janssen, MA., Shaffer, Z., Pratt, SC  2016 Current Zoology Exploration of unpredictable environments by networked groups.

Sasaki, T., Penick, C., Shaffer, Z., Haight, K., Pratt, S., Leibig, J., 2016 American Naturalist.  A simple and general model of dominance hierarchy formation.

Shaffer, Z, Sasaki, T., Haney, B., Janssen, M., Pratt, S., Fewell, J. 2016 Scientific Reports The Foundresss dilemma: group selection for cooperation among queens of the ant, Pogonomyrmex californicus.

 

 

 

Courses

Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
BIO 112 Discovery - Why Sex?
BIO 181 General Biology I
Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
BIO 112 Discovery - Why Sex?
BIO 181 General Biology I
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
BIO 112 Discovery - Why Sex?
BIO 181 General Biology I
BIO 494 Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
BIO 181 General Biology I
BIO 182 General Biology II
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
BIO 112 Discovery - Why Sex?
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
BIO 181 General Biology I
BIO 282 ConceptualApproachBioMajors II
BIO 494 Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 181 General Biology I
BIO 182 General Biology II
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 112 Discovery - Why Sex?
BIO 182 General Biology II
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 100 The Living World
BIO 112 Discovery - Why Sex?
BIO 182 General Biology II
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
BIO 100 The Living World
BIO 112 Discovery - Why Sex?
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
BIO 112 Discovery - Why Sex?
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
BIO 112 Discovery - Why Sex?
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
BIO 112 Discovery - Why Sex?
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
BIO 194 Special Topics