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Evolution of Army Ants: Using Genomic Data to Illuminate the Tree of Life

Social Insect Research Group seminar

Marek Borowiec
Post-doc, Rabeling Lab
Arizona State University

The evolution of the suite of morphological and behavioral adaptations underlying the ecological success of army ants has been the subject of considerable debate. This ‘army ant syndrome’ has been argued to have arisen once or multiple times within the ant subfamily Dorylinae. To address this question, he has generated data from over 2,000 nuclear loci and a comprehensive taxon sampling for a phylogenetic investigation. He found that the army ant syndrome most likely evolved independently in Old and New World. In this talk, he will also highlight new perspectives and unique challenges that genomic data offer to phylogenetics.

Speaker: 
Marek Borowiec, Post-doc Rabeling Lab, Arizona State University
Friday, April 7 | 2 - 3 p.m.
Room: 
ISTB1 401
Location: 
Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building I
Campus: 
Tempe
Price: 
Free