MY RESEARCH INTEREST is in geographic patterns in functionally relevant and conspicuous insect traits, be they physiological, morphological, or behavioral. I am specifically interested in how these patterns relate to genetic structure and taxonomy. Specific research projects are listed below.

MY STUDY ORGANISMS are mainly ants, I have done a lot of work on trap-jaw ants (Odontomachus) which are large ants with a powerful sting that have evolved a special trap-jaw mechanism for catching prey and jumping to escape threats. Their mandible strike is the fastest recorded motion in the animal kingdom (216 km/h, 134mph).

 

MY WORK has been published in a variety of scientific journals and has also been covered in general media outlets like National Geographic, Discovery Channel and CNBC. — List of Publications ♦ Curriculum Vitae ♦ Google Scholar Profile ♦ Research Gate Profile ♦ Media Coverage

RESEARCH PROJECTS

 

FLORIDA PROJECT

ON DIVERGENCE between and within TWO INLAND SAND RIDGES

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STUDENTS DISCOVER PROJECT

ON working with TEACHERS to create EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES BASED ON CITIZEN SCIENCE

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BORNEO PROJECT

ON INTRA-SPECIFIC VARIATION ALONG ELEVATIONAL GRADIENTS

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BORNEO JUMPING PROJECT

ON A TRAP-JAW ANT THAT JUMPS FORWARD USING ITS LEGS

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ETHIOPIA PROJECT

ON AN ANT SPECIES WITH GENETICALLY DIVERSE SUPERCOLONIES

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