NEW PAPER OUT! A checklist and assemblage comparison of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma

I am excited to announce our first paper of 2016! This was a really fun project that we worked on in the latter half of 2015 with new county and state records for a number of ant species. We also found interesting differences in patterns of local diversity between habitat types. We hope to follow this work upContinue reading “NEW PAPER OUT! A checklist and assemblage comparison of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma”

Summer heat and mid field season update!

This summer has been quite the adventure. I have been trying out a few different techniques, reading a ton of literature, and trying not to go crazy with all of the ideas. As of this week my first dissertation chapter was submitted and I just got the acceptance letter for our Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge AntContinue reading “Summer heat and mid field season update!”

Ant Ecology in New Mexico

New Mexico is a beautiful state. Despite its proximity to both Texas and Oklahoma, I really haven’t spent much time here. At the end of May, I was fortunate to join a team from the Kaspari lab who are resurveying ant transects that were initially measured 20 years ago. They are doing a lot of really cool,Continue reading “Ant Ecology in New Mexico”

NEW PAPER OUT! New Record of the Ant Subfamily Pseudomyrmecinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Oklahoma

I am excited to announce our second manuscript was published about ants in the December issue of the The Southwestern Naturalist. This is the first time that this really cool, wasp-like ant was found in Oklahoma and represents a new locality record for the Pseudomyrmecinae subfamily. Another great find at the University of Oklahoma Biological Station!

Corrie Moreau visits Oklahoma

Every year the graduate students in the Biology department at the University of Oklahoma get to nominate a seminar speaker that they would like to host. This year, I had the pleasure of hosting Corrie Moreau and it was awesome! Corrie is a evolutionary biologist with interests in the origin, evolution, and adaptation of species and maintenanceContinue reading “Corrie Moreau visits Oklahoma”

Website Under Construction and New Paper Accepted

Off for break for a few weeks but I will be working on the research section of the website. The first draft of my dissertation chapter on fire ants and isotopes is finished and so begins the next one. Also, Diane and I just had another paper accepted in the Southwestern Naturalist about our Pseudomyrmex pallidus findContinue reading “Website Under Construction and New Paper Accepted”

Ants of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge (2015)

Last weekend marked the final sampling period for a project that Diane and I have been working on throughout the summer. We were fortunate enough to have been granted a permit to set out pitfall traps and collect leaf litter in order to catalogue ants from the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge (WMWR). What an amazingContinue reading “Ants of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge (2015)”

Ant Ecology at the University of Oklahoma Biological Station (UOBS)

  Labor day weekend brought about an interesting opportunity. Jelena Bujan, ant lover and fellow lab mate in Mike Kaspari’s lab, brought forth an idea about measuring the thermal performance of ants in Oklahoma. We jotted down a rough sketch for the project and then headed to the University of Oklahoma Biological Station (UOBS). Having been stationed there all summer, IContinue reading “Ant Ecology at the University of Oklahoma Biological Station (UOBS)”