The human faces of ant science

Scott Powell in the Sonoran Desert

I’ve been increasingly bothered that my myrmecological galleries contain perhaps a few too many ants, and not quite enough ant scientists. My existing galleries cover a lot of basic diversity and biology. But myrmecology is done by people, after all. And the people who study ants are as warm, funny, quirky, and downright human as any.

Thus, I have created a gallery filled with the personalities behind the science:



Corrie Moreau and Andy Suarez talk ants at the Global Ant Project conference, 2009.

15 thoughts on “The human faces of ant science”

  1. I appreciate this posting. Seeing the shots of Phil Ward brought back many happy memories as a student in the summer field taxonomy class he taught in the Sierras. Nice to see he is still pursuing his passion.

  2. James C. Trager

    Agreed, a most appropriate new image gallery. Nice to see folks at work, rather than the sterile portraits one often sees. A couple of these I haven’t met, and of course, there are many more to come.

    B.t.w., saw a bunch of your non-ant images with Marlene Zuk’s article on insect sex in the latest “Natural History” – Nice.

    1. Is that issue finally out? I was SO HAPPY Alex could supply some photos; when the editor asked about illustrations he hadn’t even finished his sentence when I blurted out Alex’s name. People should take a look even if they don’t want to read the article . . . 🙂

        1. I would be honored!

          I am in Hawaii right now, working on our cricket project (we are studying an acoustically-orienting parasitoid that has apparently caused the extremely rapid evolution of a silent form of the cricket). Back soon, and will consult about topics. There are so many fun things to choose . . .

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