The ants go marching …

What do some of our smallest creatures have to tell us about the bigger impacts of climate change? A great deal, it turns out, says Professor Nigel Andrew, from the University of New England’s Insect Ecology Lab. He believes the common meat ant, found in large numbers across much of Australia, may prove an accurate Read More…

Farewell to Nicolas

The lab has farewelled Nicolas with a lab dinner at the Red Grapevine after 5 months internship in the lab carrying out ant oxygen limitation and thermolimit research. We have very much appreciated your thoughtfulness and great work over this short time

Honours update – Sandie

I have completed two of the three proposed experiments for my honours project so far. I have completed the secondary seed dispersal experiment, looking at how tunneller dung beetle species, Onthophagous binodis, and dweller dung beetle species, Aphodius fimetarius, contribute to the ecosystem service of secondary seed dispersal in Australia by using beads as surrogates Read More…

Msc Update – Bianca

I am now seven months into my MSc., investigating beetle diversity on Acacia host-plants along an environmental gradient. Since the last issue of Myrmecia I have been busy in the lab sorting through the Coleoptera specimens, which were collected over six seasons. Coleoptera from seasons 1-3 will be sorted into morphospecies by the end of Read More…

PhD update – Zac

My temperature controlled chambers have been completed and are ready for the effects of temperature on dung beetle experiment. They work very well and I have high hopes for them. Currently I’m just waiting for beetle season to commence before beginning the experiment. In meantime I have been sorting through samples from my altitudinal gradient Read More…

PhD update – Behnaz

I have just finished the final experiments of my PhD project assessing the thermal tolerances of aphids (Myzus persicae). I have investigated the effect of repeated high temperature on many physiological characters such as thermal tolerance, respiration, and osmolytes such as polyols and sugars. Also, with using chemically defined diets, I have been revealing the Read More…