Dr Colin Wright
2018 Ph.D. Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology
University of California, Santa Barbara
2012 B.S. Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity
University of California, Davis
My research is broadly concerned with explaining the origin, maintenance, and fitness consequences of collective behavior in social groups. My work with social spiders focuses on how differences in group personality composition and risk of predation (or fear) influences colony performance and survival. Additionally, my ongoing work with ants and paper wasps aims to help explain the origin of colony-level differences in collective behavior by focusing on the behavioral variation among queens.
Carl N. Keiser, James L. L. Lichtenstein, Colin M. Wright, Gregory T. Chism, and Jonathan N. Pruitt (2018). “Personality and behavioral syndromes in insects and spiders.” (Book) Insect Behavior: From Mechanisms to Ecological and Evolutionary Consequences
Sara E. Miller , Colin M. Wright, Michael J. Sheehan (2018). “WASP nest: A worldwide assessment of social Polistine nesting behavior.” Ecology
Grant N. Doering, Ambika Kamath, Colin M. Wright, and Jonathan N. Pruitt (2018). “Evidence for contrasting size-frequency distributions of workers patrolling vegetation vs. the ground in the polymorphic African ant Anoplolepis custodiens.” Insectes Sociaux
Jonathan N. Pruitt*, Colin M. Wright*, James L.L. Lichtenstein*, Gregory T. Chism, Brendan L. McEwen, Ambika Kamath, Noa Pinter-Wollman (2018). “Selection for collective aggressiveness favors social susceptibility in social spiders.” Current Biology
James L.L. Lichtenstein, Colin M. Wright, Brendan McEwen, Noa Pinter-Wollman, and Jonathan N. Pruitt (2017). “The multidimensional behavioral hypervolumes of two interacting species predict their space use and survival.” Animal Behaviour
Colin M. Wright, James L. L. Lichtenstein, Graham A. Montgomery, Lauren P. Luscuskie, and Jonathan N. Pruitt (2017). “Ant presence erases the effect of colony personality and diminishes overall collective foraging in a social spider.” Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Colin M. Wright, Trevor D. Hyland, Amanda S. Izzo, Donna R. McDermott, Elizabeth A. Tibbetts, and Jonathan N. Pruitt (2017). “Polistes metricus queens exhibit personality variation and behavioral syndromes.” Current Zoology
Colin M. Wright, Vaughan E. Skinker, Amanda S. Izzo, Elizabeth A. Tibbetts, and Jonathan N. Pruitt (2017). “Queen personality type predicts nest guarding behavior, colony size, and the subsequent collective aggressiveness of the colony.” Animal Behaviour
James L. L. Lichtenstein, Colin M. Wright, Lauren P. Luscuskie, Graham A. Montgomery, Noa Pinter-Wollman, Jonathan N. Pruitt (2016). “Participation in cooperative prey capture and the benefits gained from it are associated with individual personality.” Current Zoology
Colin M. Wright, Carl N. Keiser, and Jonathan N. Pruitt (2016). “Colony personality composition alters colony-level plasticity and magnitude of defensive behavior in a social spider.” Animal Behaviour 115, 175-183
Carl N. Keiser, Colin M. Wright, Jonathan N. Pruitt (2016). “Increased bacterial load can reduce or negate the effects of keystone individuals on group collective behavior.” Animal Behaviour 114, 211-218.
Jonathan N. Pruitt, Colin M. Wright, Carl N. Keiser, Alex E. DeMarco, Matthew M. Grobis, and Noa Pinter-Wollman (2016) "The Achilles' heel hypothesis: misinformed keystone individuals impair collective learning and reduce group success." Proc. R. Soc. B, vol. 283, no. 1823.
Carl N. Keiser*, Colin M. Wright*, and Jonathan N. Pruitt (2015). “Warring arthropod societies: social spider colonies can delay annihilation by predatory ants via reduced apparency and increased group size.” Behavioural Processes
Colin M. Wright*, Carl N. Keiser, and Jonathan N. Pruitt (2015). “Personality and morphology shape task participation, collective foraging and escape behavior in the social spider Stegodyphus dumicola.” Animal Behaviour 105, 47-54
Andreas P. Modlmeier, Carl N. Keiser, Colin M. Wright, James L. L. Lichtenstein, and Jonathan N. Pruitt (2015). “Integrating animal personality into insect population ecology.” Current Opinion in Insect Science
Carl N. Keiser, Colin M. Wright, Nishant Singh, Joseph A. Deshane, Andreas P. Modlmeier and Jonathan N. Pruitt (2014). “Cross-fostering by foreign conspecific queens and slavemaking workers influences individual and colony-level personality.” Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Colin M. Wright, C. Tate Holbrook, and Jonathan N. Pruitt (2014). "Animal personality aligns task specialization and task proficiency in a spider society." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111, no. 26: 9533-9537.
C. Tate Holbrook, Colin M. Wright, and Jonathan N. Pruitt (2014). “Individual variation in personality and behavioural plasticity facilitates division of labour in social spider colonies.” Animal Behaviour 97, 177-183.
Colin M. Wright (2012). “The Impact of Traditional and Folk Medicine on Biodiversity.” The Science in Society Review, UC Davis, Fall: 25-27.