TRIVERS' scientific work has concentrated on two areas, social theory
based on natural selection (of which a theory of self-deception is one
part) and the biology of selfish genetic elements (which leads to certain
kinds of internal genetic conflicts). His early work—offering
unifying theories on reciprocal altruism, parental investment, sexual
selection, parent-offspring conflict, the sex ratio, and deceit and
self-deception—has now been cited more than 7000 times in the
scientific literature. His work on selfish genetic elements has appeared
in several articles.
is a frequent, featured speaker at international academic meetings (e.g.
"Selfish genetic elements and social behavior", 1st William
Hamilton Memorial Lecture, 9th International Conference of Behavioral
Ecologists, McGill University, Montreal, CA, July 10, 2002, audience
of 750) or as University guest (e.g. Distinguished Visiting Lecturer,
U of Texas, Austin, April, 2003).
Further reading on Edge:
TRIVERS: An Edge Special Event