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Monthly Archives: February 2015


Marty’s World: the tragedy of pre-zygotic isolation

Happy Friday. (Click on image to see full size.)  Marty’s World is Brittany Bensons’s view from the world below. © 2015

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Thermal Diversity: the importance of a community perspective

In a Figure that Jon Shik says used a “shocking” color choice–but that the lead author (who is color blind) finds pleasant and peaceful–we plot the distribution of thermal maxima (or, CTmax, or “death temp”) of an assemblage of 87…

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New Paper in Insectes Sociaux on Ants in Flight

Ant life cycles are complicated and varied, but in almost all species the queens have wings and fly through the atmosphere to mate and find new places to live. Drawing by Brittany Benson.  Text by Jackson Helms. Go the publications…

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Introducing “Marty’s World”

Marty’s World is Brittany Bensons’s view from the world below. © 2015

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The joy of click

Wienieish or not, I was actually chasing a special sort of buzz, a special moment that comes sometimes. One teacher called these moments “mathematical experiences.” What I didn’t know then was that a mathematical experience was aesthetic in nature, an…

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Litter Critters: Intro to the Mites and the ancestral group, the Opilioacarida

The greatest diversity of soil invertebrates is going to be found in the Acari, or, the mites.  At the mention of the word ‘mite’, plenty of folks will instantly think of ticks – those specialized, blood-thirsty mites in the suborder…

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Oh, snap!, molecular biology

I know, I know. Molecular biologists are an easy target for us field types. Just the other day Dr. Corrie Moreau, ant systematist extraordinaire, repeated an old joke with gusto over a Friday Skype: So a stranger comes up to a sheepherder and…

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