Publications. Center for BioComplexity


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Selected Publications 2019
Chang, C.H., Williams, S.J., Zhang, M., Levin, S.A., Wilcove, D.S., and R.-C. Quan. 2019. Perceived entertainment and recreational value motivate illegal hunting in Southwest China. Biological Conservation 234: 100-106. .pdf
Drohan, S.E., Levin, S.A., Grenfell, B.T., and R. Laxminarayan. 2019. Incentivizing hospital infection control. PNAS: DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1812231116. .pdf
Tekwa, E., Finichel, E.P., Levin, S.A., and M. Pinsky. 2019. Path-dependent institutions drive alternative stable states in conservation. PNAS 116(2): 689-694. .pdf
Selected Publications 2018
Eikeset, A.M., Mazzarella, A.B., Davidsdottir, B., Klinger, D.H., Levin, S.A., Rovenskaya, E., and N.C. Stenseth. 2018. What is blue growth? The semantics of "sustainable development" of marine enviroments. Marine Policy 87:117-179. .pdf
Klein, E.Y., Levin, S.A., and R. Laxminarayan. 2018. Reply to Abat et al.: Improved policies necessary to ensure an effective future for antibiotics. PNAS: .pdf
Klein, E.Y., Van Boeckel, T.P., Martinez, E.M., Pant, S., Gandra, S., Levin, S.A., Goossens, H. and R. Laxminarayan. 2018. Global increase and geographic convergence in antibiotic consumption between 2000 and 2015. PNAS: DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1717295115. .pdf
McManus, L.C., Watson, J.R., Vasconcelos, V.V., and S.A. Levin. 2018. Stability and recovery of coral-algae systems: The importance of recruitment seasonality and grazing influence. Theoretical Ecology: .pdf
Monk, C.T., Barbier, M., Romanczuk, P., Watson, J.R., Alos, J., Nakayama, S., Rubenstein, D.I., Levin, S.A., and R. Arlinghaus. 2018. How ecology shapes exploitation: A framework to predict the behavioral response of human and animal foragers along exploration-exploitation trade-offs. Ecology Letters: DOI: 10.1111/ele.12949. .pdf
Moreno, A.R., Hagstrom, G.I., Primeau, F.W., Levin, S.A., and A.C. Martiny. 2018. Marine phytoplankton stoichiometry mediates nonlinear interactions between nutrient supply, temperature, and atmospheric CO2. Biogeosciences 15: 2761-2018. .pdf
Nordbotten, J.M., Levin, S., Szathmary, E., and S.A. Levin. 2018. The ecological and evolutionary dynamics of interconnectedness and modularity. PNAS: 115(4): 751-755. .pdf
Tilman, A.R., Levin, S.A., and J.R. Watson. 2018. Revenue-sharing clubs provide economic insurance and incentives for sustainability in common-pool resource systems. Journal of Theoretical Biology 454: 205-214. .pdf
Torney, C., Hopcraft, G., Morrison, T., Couzin, I., and S.A. Levin. 2018. From single steps to mass migration: The problem of scale in the movement ecology of the Serengeti wildebeest. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences: 373: 20170012. .pdf
Touboul, J.D., Staver, A.C., and S.A. Levin. 2018. On the complex dynamics of savanna landscapes. PNAS: 115(7): E1336-E1345. .pdf
Selected Publications 2017
Chang, C.H., Barnes, M.L., Frye, M., Zhang, M., Quan, R.-C., Reisman, L.M.G., Levin, S.A., and D.S. Wilcove. 2017. The pleasure of pursuit: Recreational hunters in rural Southwest China exhibit low exit rates in response to declining catch. Ecology and Society: 22(1): 43. .pdf
Dixit, A. and S.A. Levin. 2017. Social creation of pro-social preferences for collective action. In The Theory of Externalities and Public Goods: A Memorial Volume Honoring Richard C. Cornes, ed. W. Buchholz and D. Rubbelke, 127-143. .Springer.
Fuller, E., Samhouri, J.F., Stoll, J.S., Levin, S.A., and J.R. Watson. 2017. Characterizing fisheries connectivity in marine and social ecological systems. ICES Journal of Marine Science 74(8): 2087-2096. .pdf
Hagstrom, G.I. and S.A. Levin. 2017. Marine ecosystems as complex adaptive systems: Emergent patterns, critical transitions and public goods. Ecosystems: 20(3): 458-476. .pdf
Hannam, P.M., Vasconcelos, V.V., Levin, S.A., and J.M. Pacheco. 2017. Incomplete cooperation and co-benefits: Deepening climate cooperation with a proliferation of small agreements. Climate Change 144(1): 65-69. .pdf
Joshi, J., Couzin, I.D., Levin, S.A., and V. Guttal. 2017. Mobility can promote the evolution of cooperation via emergent self-assortment dynamics. PLoS Computational Biology: 13(9): e1005732. .pdf
Klinger, D., Levin, S.A., and J.R. Watson. 2017. The growth of finfish in global open-ocean aquaculture under climate change. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284(1864): 20170834. .pdf
Tilman, A.R., Watson, J., and S. Levin. 2017. Maintaining cooperation in social ecological systems: Effective bottom-up management often requires sub-optimal resource use. Theoretical Ecology: 10(2): 155-165. .pdf
Van Boeckel, T. P., Glennan, E.E., Chen, D., Gilbert, M., Robinson, T.P., Grenfell, B.T., Levin, S.A., Bonhoeffer, S., and R. Laxminarayan. 2017. Reducing antimicrobial use in food animals. Science (Insights): 357(6358): 1350-1352. .pdf
Selected Publications 2016
Fenichel, E. et al. (including S.A. Levin). 2016. Wealth reallocation and sustainability under climate change. Nature Climate Change 6: 237-244. .pdf
Hein et al. (including S.A. Levin). 2016. Natural search algorithms as a bridge between organisms, evolution, and ecology. PNAS: DOI/10.1073/pnas.1606195113. .pdf
Jorgensen, P.S., Wernli, D., Carroll, S.P., Dunn, R.R., Harbarth, S., Levin, S.A., Lo, A.D., Schlueter, M., and R., Laxminarayan. 2016. Use antimicrobials wisely. Nature 537: 159-161.
Hein et al. (including S.A. Levin). 2016. Physical limits on bacterial navigation in dynamic environments. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 13: 20150844. .pdf
Levin, S.A. and A. Lo. What can Mother Nature teach us about managing financial systems? Christian Science Monitor (August 22, 2016) .pdf
Lubchenco, J., Cerny-Chipman, E., Reimer, J.N., and S.A. Levin. 2016. The right incentives enable ocean sustainability successes and provide hope for the future. PNAS: DOI/10.1073/pnas.1604982113 .pdf
Pacheco, J.M., Santos, F.C., and S. Levin. 2016. Evolutionary dynamics of collective index insurance. Journal of Mathematical Biology 72(4): 997-1010. .pdf
Schueter, M., Tavoni, A., and S. Levin. 2016. Robustness of norm-driven cooperation in the commons. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283(1822): 20152431. .pdf
Tilman, A., Watson, J.R., and S. Levin. 2016. Maintaining cooperation in social-ecological systems: Effective bottom-up management often requires sub-optimal resource use. Journal of Theoretical Ecology: DOI: 10.1007/s12080-016-0318-8. .pdf
Selected Publications 2015
Bonachela, J.A. et al. (including S.A. Levin). 2015. Termite mounds can increase the robustness of dryland ecosystems to climate change. Science 347(6222): 651-655. .pdf
Bonachela, J.A. et al. (including S.A. Levin). 2015. The role of phytoplankton diversity in the emergent oceanic stoichiometry. Journal of Plankton Research : DOI: 10.1093/plankt/fbv087. .pdf
Carter, N. et al. (including S.A. Levin). 2015. Modeling tiger population and territory dynamics using an agent-based approach. Ecological Modelling 312: 347-362. .pdf
Farrior C. et al. (including S.A. Levin). 2015. Decreased water limitation under elevated CO2 amplifies potential for forest carbon sinks. PNAS 112(23)L 7213-7218. .pdf
Hannam, P.M. et al. (including S.A. Levin). 2015. Incomplete cooperation and co-benefits: Deepening climate cooperation with a proliferation of small agreements. Climatic Change : DOI: 10.1006/s10584-015-1511-2. .pdf
Levin, S.A. and A.W. Lo. 2015. Opinion: A new approach to financial regulation. PNAS 112(41):12543-12544. .pdf
Morin, B. et al. (including S.A. Levin). 2015. The social value of private infectious disease-risk mitigation in a rich/poor world. Theoretical Ecology: DOI: 10.1007/s12080-015-0262-z. .pdf
Schertzer, E., Staver, A.C., and S.A. Levin.  2014.  Implications of the spatial dynamics of fire spread for the bistability of savanna and forest.  Journal of Mathematical Biology 70: 329-341. .pdf
Van Boeckel, T.P. et al. (including S.A. Levin). 2015. Global trends in microbial use in food animals. PNAS 112(8): 5649-5654. .pdf
Selected Publications 2014
Arrow, K., Ehrlich, P, and S.A. Levin. 2014. Some perspectives on linked ecosystems and socio-economic systems. In Environment and Development Economics: Essays in Honor of Sir Partha Dasgupta, ed. S. Barrett et al., 95-116. Springer-Verlag.
Bonachela, J.A. and S.A. Levin.  2014.  Evolutionary comparison between viral lysis rate and latent period.  Journal of Theoretical Biology 345(21): 32-42. .pdf
Frank, A.B.. et al. (including S.A. Levin). 2014. Dealing with femtorisks in international relations. PNAS 111(49): 17356-17362. .pdf
Levin, S.A. 2014. Public goods in relation to competition, cooperation, and spite. PNAS 111 (suppl. 3): 10838-10845. .pdf
Lomas, W. et al. (including S.A. Levin). 2014. Impact of ocean phytoplankton diversity on phosphate uptake. PNAS 111(49): 17540-17545. .pdf
Morin, B.R. et al. (including S.A. Levin).  2014.  Disease risk management: The equivalence of two selective mixing strategies on aggregate contact patterns and resulting epidemic spread.  Journal of Theoretical Biology 363: 262-270. .pdf
Reverdy, P., Srivastava, V., and Leonard, N.E.  2014.  Algorithmic models of human decision making in Gaussian multi-armed bandit problems. Proceedings of the 2014 European Control Conference, Strasbourg, France, pp 2210-2215. Won Best Student Paper at the IEEE conference. .pdf
Thompson, S., Levin, S., and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe. 2014. Rainfall temperatures changes have confounding impacts on Phytophthora cinnamomi occurence risk in the southwestern USA under climate change scenarios. Global Change Biology 20: 1299-1312. .pdf
Van Boeckel, T.P. et al. (including S.A. Levin).  2014.  Global antibiotic consumption 2000-2010: An analysis of national pharmaceutical sales data.  Lancet Infectious Diseases 14(8): 742-750. .pdf
Selected Publications 2013
Bonachela, J.A., Allison, S.D., Martiny, A.C., and S.A. Levin.  2013.  A model for variable phytoplankton stroichiometry based on cell protein regulation.  BioGeoSciences 10: 3241-3279. .pdf
Levin, S.A., editor-in-chief.  2013.  Encyclopedia of Biodiversity.  Vol. 1-7.  Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Academic Press. Encyclopedia of Biodiversity
Pinsky, M.L. et al. (including S.A. Levin).  2013.  Marine taxa track local climate velocities.  Science 341(6151): 1239-1243. .pdf
Thompson, S., Levin, S., and Rodriguez-Iturbe, I.  2013.  Linking plant disease risk and precipitation drivers: A dynamical systems framework.  The American Naturalist 181(1): 1-38. .pdf 
Torney, C.J., Levin, S.A., and Couzin, I.D.  2013.  Decision accuracy and the role of spatial interaction in opinion dynamics.  Journal of Statistical Physics 151(1-2): 203-217. .pdf
Selected Publications 2011-12
Akçay, E. et al. (including S.A. Levin). 2012.  Evolution of cooperation and skew under imperfect information.  PNAS 109(37): 14936-14941. .pdf
Bonachela, J.A., Raghib, M., and S.A. Levin.  2011.  Dynamic model of flexible phytoplankton nutrient uptake.  PNAS 108 (51): 20633-20638. .pdf
Bonachela, J.A., Muñoz, M.A., and S.A. Levin.  2012.  Patchiness and demographic noise in three ecological examples.  Journal of Statistical Physics 148: 723-739. .pdf
Couzin, ID et al (including S.A. Levin).  2011.  Uninformed individuals promote democratic consensus in animal groups.  Science 334: 1578-1580. .pdf
Dixit, A.K., Levin, S.A., and Rubenstein, D.I.  2012.  Reciprocal insurance among Kenyan pastoralists.  Theoretical Ecology: DOI: 10.1007/s12080-012-0169-x. .pdf
Fortuna, M.A., Bonachela, J.A., and S.A. Levin.  2011.  Evolution of a modular software network.  PNAS: 108(50): 19985-19989. .pdf
Staver, A.C., Archibald, S., and S. Levin. 2011. Tree cover in sub-Saharan Africa: Rainfall and fire constrain forest and savanna as alternative stable states. Ecology 92(5): 1063-1072. .pdf
Staver, C.A. and S.A. Levin. 2012. Integrating theoretical climate and fire effects on savanna and forest systems. The American Naturalist 180: 211-224. .pdf
Ziv, G. et al. (including S.A. Levin).  2012.  Trading-off fish diversity, food security, and hydropower in the Mekong River Basin.  PNAS 109(15): 5609-5614. .pdf