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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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Lightning strikes 14 times at a conference session: exploring multi-element limitation at the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation meetings.

Reported by Mike Kaspari, Kyle Harms, and Jennifer Powers Meetings are a vital part of the process of science. We meet with colleagues old and new, exchange ideas, schmooze, and testify. At the same time, these conferences are expensive in…

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