Study invasive ants on Christmas Island!

From my inbox, a postdoctoral job announcement:

The Department of Botany, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow to conduct research in Invasion Biology on Christmas Island.  Over the last decade, supercolonies of the invasive yellow crazy ant Anoplolepis gracilipes have spread across island rainforest and caused a variety of significant impacts.  High ant densities are consistently associated with high densities of exotic honeydew-secreting scale insects. This project will determine the dependence of ant supercolonies on associated scale insects specifically, and the role of mutualism in facilitating biological invasions generally.  We are looking for a well motivated, independent person with a track record of research in multi-species interactions. Experience with large-scale field experiments and stable isotope analysis would be an advantage. The three-year position will be based on the island, which is an external territory of Australia.

To view the full application, click here.  The deadline is March 27.  Contact Dr Dennis O’Dowd (odowd [at] or Dr Peter Green ( [at] for more information.

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