Deborah M. Gordon

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Deborah M. Gordon
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Born (1955-12-30) December 30, 1955 (age 61)
Fields Biology
Institutions Stanford University

Deborah M. Gordon (born December 30, 1955) is a biologist, appointed as a Professor in the Department of Biology at Stanford University.

Major research[edit]

Gordon studies ant colony behavior and ecology, with a particular focus on red harvester ants. She focuses on the developing behavior of colonies, even as individual ants change functions within their own lifetimes.

Gordon's fieldwork includes a long-term study of ant colonies in Arizona. She is the author of numerous articles and papers as well as the book Ants at Work for the general public, and she was profiled in the New York Times Magazine in 1999.[1]


Gordon received a PhD in zoology from Duke in 1983, an MSc in Biology from Stanford in 1977[2] and Bachelors from Oberlin College, where she majored in French.

She was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows.

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 1993 Gordon was named a Stanford MacNamara Fellow[3]. In 1995 Gordon received an award for teaching excellence from the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association.[4] In 2001 Gordon was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 2003, Gordon was invited to speak at a TED conference.[5] She is also an adviser to the Microbes Mind Forum.



  1. ^ Foster, Douglas (October 31, 1999). New York Times Magazine. 
  2. ^ What Matters to Me and Why featuring Deborah M. Gordon – Speaker Bio
  3. ^ Phi Beta Kappa Northern California association Teaching Award Winners
  4. ^ TED Talks: Deborah Gordon digs ants at TED, 2003

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