Andy Gardner

Andy Gardner

I am a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, and a Junior Reseach Fellow of Balliol College.


I work on Darwinian adaptation. Natural selection explains the appearance of design in the living world, but at what level is this design expected to manifest – gene, individual, society – and what is its function? Social evolution provides a window on this problem, by pitting the interests of genes, individuals and societies against each other. I develop general theory on the topics of inclusive fitness and multilevel selection, and also tailor general theory to the biology of particular species to facilitate empirical testing. I work on a wide range of biological systems, including viruses, bacteria, protozoa, crustaceans, insects, fish and humans.

lab group

- Nicholas Davies (DPhil student)

- Fraser Embleton-Smith (BA student)

- Antonio Rodrigues (DPhil student)

- Gregory Wyatt (DPhil student)

List of
previous group members.


A full list of my publications, with downloadable PDF files.


My work has attracted some media interest.


Christopher Barnard Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Investigator (Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, 2010)

John Maynard Smith Prize (European Society of Evolutionary Biology, 2007)

Young Investigator's Prize (American Society of Naturalists, 2007)

Thomas Henry Huxley Award (Zoological Society of London, 2006)

editorial duties

I am a Deciding Editor for the Journal of Evolutionary Biology and an Associate Editor for The American Naturalist.


Mail Balliol College, Oxford OX1 3BJ, United Kingdom.
Tel. +44 (0) 1865 271 271
Fax. + 44 (0) 1865 271 249


My webpage at the Department of Zoology.

My webpage at Balliol College.