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Christina L. Kwapich, PhD

Principal investigator, Assistant Professor

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: Microbiology (BIOL.3010)

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.


Gabe Muniz

Undergraduate Researcher

Hidden biodiversity in ant nests. Myrmecophilous Phruronellus spiders with Crematogaster cerasi.


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 

MS Project Student

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

Kelsie Belange

Undergraduate Senior Research Student

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

Undergraduate Research Assistant (pictured, left)

Connor McLeod

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Melissa Griffin

Undergraduate Research Assistant

*High School Biology Teacher

Chris Schwartze

Undergraduate Research Assistant





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

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