Christina L. Kwapich, PhD

Behavior and ecology of ant societies: Colony organization, production ecology, myrmecophilous crickets and spiders, ant nest architecture.

Instructor: Behavioral Ecology (BIOL. 4/5360), Entomology (BIOL 4/5550), Entomology Lab (BIOL 4/5550L), Senior Seminar (BIOL.4510)


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Roman Meneghini

PhD Student, TA

Former undergraduate Honors Thesis Researcher, and Undergad Research Assistant

Seed storage and processing in the ant Pheidole pilifera. Function of major workers in dimorphic ants. Seasonal cycles of ants.

TA: Principles of Ecology (BIOL.3150)

Tutor for BIOL.2400


Sydney Hy

MS Project Student

Social parasites, myrmecophiles, and seed use by Tetramorium immigrans in its introduced range. Urban ecology of invasive species.


Hoon Kang

PhD Candidate, TA/RA

Adaptive nest architecture in subterranean ant species. Seasonal demography and ant colony organization.

TA: Principles of Ecology (BIOL.3150), Principles of Biology II (BIOL.1180L),

Microbiology, BIOL.3010

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Ant Lab Alumni

Jennifer Ingraham (UML)

MS Project Student

Food sharing and signal mimicry between the ant cricket, Myrmecophilus pergandei and its ant hosts.

Kelsie Belanger (UML)

Undergraduate Senior Research Project

Island syndrome in myrmecophiles with poor dispersal abilities. Designing data harvesting tools in Python.

*Now at Tufts University, Graduate Program in Conservation Medicine

Yocha DeChavez (ASU)

Undergraduate Research Assistant (pictured, left)

Connor McLeod (ASU)

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Melissa Griffin (ASU)

Undergraduate Research Assistant

*High School Biology Teacher

Chris Schwartze (ASU)

Undergraduate Research Assistant





Connor and Melissa with Veromessor pergandei, in Phoenix, Arizona.