Welcome to ADMAC

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.

Project News: 

15 August 2016. ADMAC-Mexico involved six weeks of productive field and lab work in Mexico. See a photo report here.

24 August 2015
. We are back from this year's field work in Costa Rica, and all was a great success. You can see a photo report 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).