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Not all male ants are “sperm missiles”

When your mating system calls for patience, male ants will stick around for a while.

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On the salutary effect of the Kudos Email

If you like someone’s work, don’t just cite them, write them!

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On writing a strong NSF pre-proposal

Its been 4 years since NSF DEB began to require pre-proposals. What makes a strong one?

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A manifesto for Biogeochemical Ecology

The theoretical and empirical challenges of Biogeochemical Ecology include: making biogeochemical maps scalable; translating elemental chemistry into ecological niches; building a science that predicts how the abiotic forms a template for the biotic.   Twenty-five chemical elements form the recipe for…

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Know Your Grassland Invertebrates: The Cobweb Spiders

An occasional series by AntLab Parataxonomist: Brittany Benson Theridiidae – Cobweb Spiders, or Comb-Footed Spiders Have a comb of serrated setae on the fourth tibiae (these are used to draw out and fling silk when attacking).  Also, typically have a round…

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Know Your Grassland Invertebrates: The Checkered Beetles

  An occasional series by AntLab Parataxonomist: Brittany Benson Cleridae – Checkered Beetles With more than 3,500 species in 330 genera worldwide, about 300 species in 36 genera occur in North America, being more diverse in the south.  They have a…

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10 Foundational Papers in Community Ecology

I suggest to students in Advanced EEB, our course for first semester Ph. D. students, that creativity is about fostering your ability to generate associations/ideas, and your judgement as to which ideas are worth pursuing. Toward that end, I also…

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The tropics is just a big plate of scrambled eggs

Debby Kaspari is a featured artist at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson’s annual “Birds in Art” competition. Here is a brief video that captures the glories of painting birds in tropical forests.

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Succumbing to the lure of the model organism: studying the imported red fire ant

Guest Post by Karl Roeder Ants. The adorable arthropods that have captured my imagination for years have finally become the focus of my Ph.D. research. They are abundant, diverse, and ecologically important with a variety of castes that contain a…

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Exploring the role antibiotic compounds play in shaping tropical leaf litter invertebrate & microbial communities

Post by Jane Lucas This summer (2015) I am working on furthering my exploration of the role antibiotic chemicals play in the structuring of leaf litter invertebrate and microbial communities. This work was inspired by a classic Janzen paper entitled…

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