Peter Marting

Grad Research Assistant
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4601

Student Information

Graduate Student
Animal Behavior
Liberal Arts & Sciences

Research Interests

The 
study
of animal personality is a rapidly growing field within animal
behavior. However, much of the work has been focused on individual
personalities. By viewing ant colonies as a singular functioning
superorganisms, I study how collective personality is shaped and
maintained in ant colonies. Are certain colonies consistently more
aggressive and exploratory while others are cautious and reserved?
To answer this question, I study tropical Azteca ants that live
inside Cecropia trees in the rainforests of Panama. This system
involves a tightly-bound mutualism where trees provide food and
shelter while ants provide rigorous protection from herbivores and
encroaching vines. I am interested how colony personality plays a
role in this intimate symbiosis. I am currently exploring how worker
personality affects colony personality, how soil nutrients and
elevation may effect colony behavior, and how colony behavior may
shape leaf defensive chemical investment and decomposition rates.

Courses

Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 361 Animal Physiology Laboratory
BIO 591 Seminar
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 361 Animal Physiology Laboratory
BIO 591 Seminar
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
BIO 361 Animal Physiology Laboratory
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
BIO 181 General Biology I