The Evolution of Multicellularity – Mathew D. Herron, Peter L. Conlin, and William C. Ratcliff
This edited volume is an excellent overview of the field, ideal for newcomers or as a reference point for established researchers. You can order it here, or read the unformatted chapters for free here. [Twitter thread]
Here, we list papers that are currently in press/ preprints/ submitted and papers that were published in the last five years. For a full list, please refer to the Google Scholar profile of Prof. Ratcliff.
- Bingham, E. P. & Ratcliff, W. C. A non-adaptive explanation for macroevolutionary patterns in the evolution of complex multicellularity. (bioRxiv) (2023). [Twitter thread]
- Pineau, R. M. et al. Experimental evolution of multicellularity via cuboidal cell packing in fission yeast. (bioRxiv) (2023). [Twitter thread]
- Montrose, K. et al. Proteostatic tuning underpins the evolution of novel multicellular traits. (bioRxiv) (2023). In revision for Ecology and Evolution [Twitter thread]
- Day, T. C. et al. Entanglement in living systems. (bioRxiv) (2023). [Twitter thread]
- Zhang, C., Ratcliff, W. C. & Hammer, B. K. Constitutive expression of the Type VI secretion system carries no measurable fitness cost in Vibrio cholerae. (bioRxiv) (2023). [Twitter thread]
- Pineau, R. M. et al. Emergence and maintenance of stable coexistence during a long-term multicellular evolution experiment. (bioRxiv) (2023). In revision for Nature Ecology and Evolution. [Twitter thread]
- Peterson, A., Baskett, C., Ratcliff, W. C. & Burnetti, A. Using light for energy: examining the evolution of phototrophic metabolism through synthetic construction. (bioRxiv) (2023). In revision for Current Biology. [Twitter thread]
- Conlin, P. L. et al. Division of labor promotes the entrenchment of multicellularity. (bioRxiv) (2023). [Twitter thread]
- MacGillivray, K. A. et al. Trade-offs constrain adaptive pathways to T6 survival. (bioRxiv) (2022). In revision for iScience. [Twitter thread]
- Burnetti, A. & Ratcliff, W. The Origin of Phototrophy Reveals the Importance of Priority Effects for Evolutionary Innovation. (Preprints) (2022).
Published / in press
- Bozdag, G. O. et al. De novo evolution of macroscopic multicellularity. Nature 1–8 (2023). [Twitter thread]
- Ratcliff, W. C. The science of storytelling: the David Attenborough style of scientific presentation. Trends in Molecular Medicine29, 675–677 (2023).
- Conlin, P.L. and W.C. Ratcliff. Evolution: Understanding the origins of facultative multicellular life cycles. Current Biology. 33, R356–R358 (2023).
- Zamani-Dahaj, S. A. et al. Spontaneous Emergence of Multicellular Heritability. Genes14, 1635 (2023). [Twitter thread]
- Pentz, J. T. et al. Evolutionary consequences of nascent multicellular life cycles. eLife12, e84336 (2023). [Twitter thread]
- Tong, K., Bozdag, G. O. & Ratcliff, W. C. Selective drivers of simple multicellularity. Current Opinion in Microbiology 67, 102141 (2022). [Twitter thread]
- Ratcliff, W. C. The Biological Robots Are Coming! But Note They Have Been Here for ∼3.5 Billion Years. GEN Biotechnology 1, 26–27 (2022).
- Day, T. C. et al. Varied solutions to multicellularity: The biophysical and evolutionary consequences of diverse intercellular bonds. Biophysics Reviews 3, 021305 (2022).
- Day, T. C. et al. Cellular organization in lab-evolved and extant multicellular species obeys a maximum entropy law. eLife 11, e72707 (2022). [Twitter thread]
- Datta, S. & Ratcliff, W. C. Illuminating a new path to multicellularity. eLife 11, e83296 (2022).
- Burnetti, A. & Ratcliff, W. C. Experimental evolution is not just for model organisms. PLOS Biology 20, e3001587 (2022).
- Márquez-Zacarías, P. et al. Evolution of Cellular Differentiation: From Hypotheses to Models. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 36, 49–60 (2021).
- Márquez-Zacarías, P., Conlin, P. L., Tong, K., Pentz, J. T. & Ratcliff, W. C. Why have aggregative multicellular organisms stayed simple? Curr Genet 67, 871–876 (2021).
- Libby, E. & Ratcliff, W. C. Lichens and microbial syntrophies offer models for an interdependent route to multicellularity. The Lichenologist 53, 283–290 (2021).
- Isaksson, H., Conlin, P. L., Kerr, B., Ratcliff, W. C. & Libby, E. The Consequences of Budding versus Binary Fission on Adaptation and Aging in Primitive Multicellularity. Genes 12, 661 (2021).
- Bozdag, G. O., Libby, E., Pineau, R., Reinhard, C. T. & Ratcliff, W. C. Oxygen suppression of macroscopic multicellularity. Nat Commun 12, 2838 (2021). [Twitter thread]
- Yanni, D. et al. Topological constraints in early multicellularity favor reproductive division of labor. eLife 9, e54348 (2020).
- Pentz, J. T. et al. Ecological Advantages and Evolutionary Limitations of Aggregative Multicellular Development. Current Biology 30, 4155-4164.e6 (2020).
- Yanni, D., Márquez-Zacarías, P., Yunker, P. J. & Ratcliff, W. C. Drivers of Spatial Structure in Social Microbial Communities. Current Biology 29, R545–R550 (2019).
- Tan, J. et al. Copper oxide nanoparticles promote the evolution of multicellularity in yeast. Nanotoxicology 13, 597–605 (2019).
- Libby, E. & Ratcliff, W. C. Shortsighted Evolution Constrains the Efficacy of Long-Term Bet Hedging. The American Naturalist 193, 409–423 (2019).
- Herron, M. D. et al. De novo origins of multicellularity in response to predation. Sci Rep 9, 2328 (2019).
- Gulli, J. G., Herron, M. D. & Ratcliff, W. C. Evolution of altruistic cooperation among nascent multicellular organisms. Evolution 73, 1012–1024 (2019).
- Mai, T. et al. Cycles in Zero-Sum Differential Games and Biological Diversity. in Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Conference on Economics and Computation 339–350 (Association for Computing Machinery, 2018).
- Libby, E., Driscoll, W. W. & Ratcliff, W. C. Programmed cell death can increase the efficacy of microbial bet hedging. Sci Rep 8, 1120 (2018).
- Jacobeen, S. et al. Cellular packing, mechanical stress and the evolution of multicellularity. Nature Phys 14, 286–290 (2018).
- Jacobeen, S. et al. Geometry, packing, and evolutionary paths to increased multicellular size. Phys. Rev. E 97, 050401 (2018).
- Herron, M. D., Zamani-Dahaj, S. A. & Ratcliff, W. C. Trait heritability in major transitions. BMC Biology 16, 145 (2018).
- Herron, M. D., Ratcliff, W. C., Boswell, J. & Rosenzweig, F. Genetics of a de novo origin of undifferentiated multicellularity. Royal Society Open Science 5, 180912 (2018).