Toby Kiers investigates how cooperation between species evolves and persists. Her recent work focuses on resource trading in nature and how complex ‘biological markets’ can emerge among plants and microbes. She is interested in when and why organisms defect from cooperation, and how cheating strategies emerge in nature. Kiers received her doctoral degree from University of California, Davis in 2005. She is now a University Research Chair and Professor of Mutualistic Interactions at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.
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