Our region is home to over 100 species of ants, each with its own stories to tell, and each exploiting an ecological opportunity. The natural history and life cycle of a handful of these stories will illustrate the breadth and wonder of the way that these north Florida ants go about their lives.
Dr. Walter R. Tschinkel (aka AntMan) has been prying into the lives and secrets of ants for over 40 years, and has revealed much about division of labor and regulation within colonies, competition between colonies, colony life cycles, colony reproduction and the ecological niches of ant species. He is a world expert on the exotic fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, and published a well-received book, The Fire Ants (Harvard/Belknap Press, 2006). His recent research has focused on the subterranean nest architecture of ants. His metal casts of ant nests are on display in museums as far flung as Paris and Hong Kong. Dr. Tschinkel is a R.O. Lawton Professor FSU Department Of Biological Science
Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm
FSU Coastal & Marine Lab, Auditorium