I am an associate professor of Evolutionary Biology at Swarthmore College. My lab uses a combination of selection analysis, social network analysis, animal behavior, and mutli-level selection theory to understand how the social environment can shape and be shaped by the process of natural selection.
We study the charismatic forked fungus beetle (Bolitotherus cornutus) as a model system to understand how social behaviors evolve. B. cornutus have sustained and recurring social interactions and are a classic example of sexual selection for male weaponry.
My students and I travel to Mountain Lake Biological Station each summer to conduct the field components of our research.
Vince Formica, Ph.D.
Department of Biology
500 College Ave
Swarthmore, PA 19081