Research Interests

My research over the years has dealt mainly with honey ants in Colorado and Arizona in the genus Myrmecocystus

In 1987, I studied three other honey ants (Camponotus inflatus, Melophorus bagoti, Plagiolepis sp.) in the Australian Outback. I also investigated the dietary and cultural significance of honey ants in the lives of aboriginal people.

While on sabbatical in 1992, I began research on the western thatching ant (Formica obscuripes) in the Colorado Rockies. This work subsequently involved four University of Scranton students who received Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Grants and/or Summer Stipends.

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