3rd pub for 2022 just came out in Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment! This work is the first paper from my postdoc at UIUC with Dr. Alex Harmon-Threatt. We measured ants and how much insect prey ants were consuming in woody perennial polycultures and corn-soybean rotations monthly for an entire year! Our abstract sums up our resultsContinue reading “NEW PAPER OUT! Woody perennial polycultures increase ant diversity and ant-mediated ecosystem services compared to conventional corn-soybean rotations”
2nd pub for 2022 just came out in Ecological Entomology! This work was led by Dr. Diane Roeder and explores how temperature and physiological tolerances regulate foraging behaviour of harvester ants. We started this work many years ago as one of our first collaborations and I am excited to see this first paper out inContinue reading “NEW PAPER OUT! Thermal tolerance regulates foraging behaviour of ants”
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!
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”
I am excited to announce our first manuscript was published about ants from Oklahoma in the September issue of the Southwestern Entomologist. This find represents not only a new genus record in Oklahoma but it also is the highest confirmed latitude for Leptogenys in North America.
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)”
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)”
Ahhh Ant Course. I have wanted to attend this amazing opportunity since first hearing about it in 2011. This year was my first chance and all I can say is that it was absolutely amazing. 30 students from around the world and about 15 professors created an atmosphere that I have never, and may neverContinue reading “Ant Course 2015 – Portal, Arizona”
Check out my research on ants, size, and stable isotopes (CLICK ME)! Besides working on understanding how size affects an ant’s stable isotope signature, I have also been collecting, identifying, and creating species lists of ants at the University of Oklahoma Biological Station and the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. So far we have found new recordsContinue reading “Summer Research 2015 – University of Oklahoma Biological Station and Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge”