Lab News:

December, 2019: The Longino lab is recruiting graduate students. The general theme of the lab is ant diversity. Applicants should be interested in ant taxonomy, systematics, and/or ecology, but also able to address general topics in ecology and evolution. Resources include a large collection of mostly Neotropical ants suitable for molecular work, an imaging station, and access to a molecular lab. Funding is available to provide RA support. RA activity will involve training and lab work in phylogenomic methods, including targeted enrichment and sequencing of ultraconserved elements. The application deadline is January 3 for enrollment in Fall 2020. https://www.biology.utah.edu/graduate/eeob/apply.php.

 August 2019: Dr. John Lattke (middle) visits the Longino lab. Rodolfo Probst (right) and I host John for ten days in the lab. John is from the Universidade Federal do Paraná in Curitiba, Brazil. He has been scouring the collection for Leptogenys and Gnamptogenys

28 July 2018: Earlier this year in Monteverde, Costa Rica, I found a live colony of Acanthognathus ocellatus. This is a Neotropical ant that is a specialist predator of Collembola (springtails). They are rare, and few people have seen them alive, much less capturing prey.  I made some videos of them catching springtails, retrieving prey, and feeding larvae



13-17 January 2014: Lab hosts students from Mexico. It was delightful to have two students from Tamaulipas working in the lab this week. They were Masters student Itzel Rodríguez de León from the Instituto Tecnológico de Cd. Victoria, and PhD student Madai Rosas Mejía from the Instituto de Ecología Aplicada, Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas. They were here to learn the intricacies of Pheidole identification.

Madai (left) and Itzel (right) take a break from the lab to check out a Utah ski slope.

13 Jan 2014: Undergrad assistant Mac Pierce sends ants into space! Mac provided a colony of Tetramorium caespitum (pavement ants) that headed to the International Space Station on 9 Jan. See news article here.

The Astonishing Ant-Man from Iaia Sinimbu on Vimeo.

New ants on BBC Earth Juice

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