Asher Leeks

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I am a doctoral student in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford. I am part of the Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP and I'm currently working in the Mathematical Ecology Research Group under the supervision of Professor Mike Bonsall.

Research Statement

Cooperation poses a problem for biologists: why should any organism favour the fitness of another? I study how natural selection solves this problem, using a mixture of theoretical and empirical techniques. I am particularly interested in major transitions in individuality, in which cooperation between individuals results in the emergence of new levels of biological adaptation. My current focus is on understanding how these transitions can occur when they involve cooperation between members of different species, or mutualisms.

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Email me at or find me at the Rex Richards Building, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QU