You might also want to check out the Erol’s Google Scholar profile, or that of some current and past lab members: Alexandra, Amiyaal, Andrew, Bryce, Chai, Haoran, Eeman, Elliot, Emerson, Marco, Rafael, Slimane
Working papers and preprints
Morsky, B., Plotkin, J. B., & Akçay, E. Indirect reciprocity with Bayesian reasoning and biases. [on SocArxiv, doi:10.31235/osf.io/ustqg]
Akcay, E., & Ohashi, R. The floating duck syndrome: biased social learning leads to effort-reward imbalances [on SocArxiv, doi:10.31235/osf.io/qx7ku].
Pandula, N., Akcay, E., & Morsky, B. Indirect reciprocity with abductive reasoning. [on SocArxiv, doi: 10.31235/osf.io/8p7n6].
Abbasi, E., & Akçay, E. Host control and species interactions jointly determine microbiome community structure. [on bioRxiv, doi:10.1101/2022.03.03.482885].
Tilman, A. R., Vasconcelos, V. V., Akçay, E., & Plotkin, J. B. The evolution of forecasting for decision making in dynamic environments. [on arXiv:2108.00047].
Zhou, H., Akçay, E., Edwards, E., & Helliker, B. The legacy of C4 evolution in the hydraulics of C3 and C4 grasses. [on bioRxiv, doi:10.1101/2020.05.14.097030].
Brown, A., & Akçay, E. Evolution of symbiont transmission in conditional mutualisms in spatially and temporally variable environments. [on bioRxiv, doi:10.1101/2020.05.05.079103].
Brown, A. and Akçay, E. Phylogenetic analysis suggests joint control of transmission mode in a grass-endophyte symbiosis [on bioRxiv, doi:10.1101/085746].
Akçay, E., Roughgarden, J., Fearon, J., Ferejohn, J. & Weingast, B. Biological institutions: the political science of animal cooperation. [on SSRN].
Morsky, B., Magpantay, F., Day, T., & Akçay, E. (2023). The impact of threshold decision mechanisms of collective behavior on disease spread. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 120(19), e2221479120. [link to journal] [pdf].
Smolla, M., & Akçay, E. (2023). Pathways to cultural adaptation: The coevolution of cumulative culture and social networks. Evolutionary Human Sciences, 5, E26. [link to open access article]
MacDonald, H., Akçay, E., & Brisson, D. (2022). Host phenology can drive the evolution of intermediate virulence strategies in some obligate-killer parasites. Evolution, 76(6), 1183-1194. [link to journal] [pdf]
McGlothlin, J. W., Akçay, E., Brodie III, E. D., Moore, A. J., & Van Cleve, J. (2022). A synthesis of game theory and quantitative genetic models of social evolution. Journal of Heredity, 113(1), 109-119. [link to journal] [pdf]
Perry, S., Carter, A., Smolla, M., Akçay, E., Nöbel, S., Foster, J. G., & Healy, S. D. (2021). Not by transmission alone: the role of invention in cultural evolution. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 376(1828), 20200049. [link to journal] [pdf]
Akçay, E., & Hirshleifer, D. (2021). Social finance as cultural evolution, transmission bias, and market dynamics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(26), e2015568118. [link to open access article]
Morsky, B., & Akçay, E. (2021). False beliefs can bootstrap cooperative communities through social norms. Evolutionary Human Sciences, 3, e36. [link to open access article]
Akçay, E. and Van Cleve, J. (2021) Internalizing cooperative norms in group-structured populations. to appear in Social Cooperation and Conflict: Biological Mechanisms at the Interface, edited by W. Wilczynski and S.F. Brosnan. Cambridge University Press [on bioRxiv, doi:10.1101/722439] [pdf]
Morsky, B., Smolla, M., & Akçay, E. (2020). Evolution of contribution timing in public goods games. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 287(1927), 20200735. [link to journal] [on bioRxiv, doi: 10.1101/2020.01.09.900670]
Molina, C., Akçay, E., Dieckmann, U., Levin, S.A., and Rovenskaya, E.A. (2020) Combating climate change with matching-commitment agreements. Scientific Reports. [link to open access article]
Smolla, M., and Akçay, E. (2019) Cultural selection shapes network structure. Science Advances. 5:eaaw0609 doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw0609 [link to open access article]
Zhou, H., Akçay, E., and Helliker, B. (2019) Deriving C4 photosynthesis parameters by fitting intensive A/Ci curves. Photosynthesis Research. 141: 181-194 doi: 10.1007/s11120-019-00619-8 [pdf] [link to journal]
Brown, A. and Akçay, E. (2019) Evolution of transmission mode in conditional mutualisms with spatial variation in symbiont quality. Evolution. 73: 128-144. doi:10.1111/evo.13656 [pdf] [link to journal] [on bioRxiv, doi:
Zhou, H., Helliker, B., Huber, M., Dicks, A. Akçay, E. (2018) C4 photosynthesis and climate through the lens of optimality. PNAS 115: 12057-12062 [pdf] [link to journal][previous version on bioRxiv, doi:10.1101/048900]
Qian, J. and Akçay, E. (2018) Competition and niche construction in a model of cancer metastasis. PLoS One 13:e0198163 [link to open access article] [on bioRxiv, doi:10.1101/228585] [Penn Today Article]
Dridi, S. and Akçay, E. (2018) Learning to cooperate: The evolution of social rewards in repeated interactions. The American Naturalist 191: 58-73 [pdf] [link to journal] [on bioRxiv, doi:10.1101/074096]
Bienvenu, F., Akçay, E., Legendre, S., and McCandlish, D.M. (2017) The genealogical decomposition of a matrix population model with applications to the aggregation of stages. Theoretical Population Biology 115: 69-80 [ungated link to journal] [on bioRxiv, doi:10.1101/067793]
Ilany, A. and Akçay, E. (2016) Personality and social networks: a generative model approach. Integrative and Comparative Biology doi: 10.1093/icb/icw068 [ungated link to journal]
Lehmann, L., Mullon, C., Akçay, E., and Van Cleve, J. (2016) Invasion fitness and inclusive fitness in heterogenous subdivided populations. Evolution (doi: 10.1111/evo.12980) [on bioRxiv] [link to journal]
Akçay, E., Linksvayer, T.A., and Van Cleve, J. (2015) Bridging social evolution theory and emerging empirical approaches to social behavior. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 6:59–64 [pdf] [link to journal]
Jones, E.I., Afkhami, M.E., Akçay, E., Bronstein, J.L., Bshary, R., Frederickson, M.E., Heath, K.D., Hoeksema, J.D., Ness, J.H., Pankey, M.S., Porter, S.S., Sachs, J.L., Scharnagl, K. and Friesen, M.L. (2015) Cheaters must prosper: reconciling theoretical and empirical perspectives on cheating in mutualism. Ecology Letters 18:1270–1284 [pdf] [link to journal]
2013 and before
Pringle, E. G., Akçay, E., Raab, T. K., Gordon, D. M., Dirzo, R. (2013) Availability of limiting resources determines context-dependent strength of an ant-plant-hemipteran mutualism. PLoS Biol 11(11): e1001705. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001705 [link to open access article]
Şekercioğlu, Ç.H., S. Anderson, E. Akçay, et al. (10 other authors). ‘Turkey’s globally important biodiversity in crisis’ Biological Conservation;144: 2752-2769 [pdf] [link to journal] [Highlighted by NY Times Green Blog]
Akçay, E. and J. Roughgarden. 2011. ‘The evolution of payoff matrices: providing incentives to cooperate.’ Proc. R. Soc. B; 278:2198-2206. [pdf] [Supplementary Material] [link to journal] [Recommended by Faculty of 1000]
Akçay, E.*, J. Van Cleve*, M. W. Feldman and J. Roughgarden. 2009. ‘A theory for the evolution of other-regarding motivations integrating proximate and ultimate perspectives’ PNAS;106: 19061-19066 [link] [pdf w/ SI]
Roughgarden, J., M. Oishi and E. Akçay. 2006. ‘Reproductive social behavior: Cooperative games to replace sexual selection.’ Science; 311:965-970 [link to journal][pdf]
(also see the letters criticizing the article, and our response)
*: equal contributions
Letters, commentary, etc.
Kovaka, K., Santana, C., Patel, R., Akçay, E., Weisberg, M. (2016) Agriculture increases individual fitness. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 39:e103 [link to journal]
Akçay, E. An apology for inclusive fitness. (review of Marshall, J. 2015. Social evolution and inclusive fitness theory.) Evolution (forthcoming) [pdf]