Project ADMAC will advance understanding of MesoAmerican ant diversity and biogeography through a program of advanced molecular systematics (using targeted enrichment of UCE loci and NextGen sequencing technology) and new field sampling in Costa Rica and Mexico. It is a continuation of the LLAMA project.
here. The expedition to Cerro Platano was made possible by a grant from the National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration.
11 September 2014. New Faircloth, Branstetter et al. paper on UCE's appears! Welcome news that UCE's not just for vertebrates any more; work great for Hymenoptera. Ref: Faircloth, B. C., M. G. Branstetter, N. D. White, and S. G. Brady. 2014. Target enrichment of ultraconserved elements from arthropods provides a genomic perspective on relationships among Hymenoptera. Molecular Ecology Resources. doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12328.
8 August 2014. ADMAC is up and running! PostDoc Michael Branstetter is now settled in the Longino lab and is busy launching the UCE library preparation protocol, as well as analyzing his preliminary UCE data generated at the Smithsonian. The first publication that directly benefited from ADMAC just appeared, based on field sampling carried out during the LLAMA project (Longino, J. T., M. G. Branstetter, and R. K. Colwell. 2014. How ants drop out: ant abundance on tropical mountains. PLoS ONE 9:e104030).