Collaborative Research: Brain Size, Metabolism, and Sociality in Ants

Project: Research project

Project Details


The Harrison lab will collect sufficient workers from approximately three colonies of approximately thirty species of southwestern ants. We will measure the resting metabolic rates of at least fifteen individuals per monomorphic species and thirty individuals from species with polymorphic workers as well as the metabolic rates of dissected brains from workers of these colonies. We will analyze the data from these studies and write manuscripts summarizing the data from these studies. We will also preserve these dissected brains and send them to Boston University for morphological analyses.

To promote collaborations and education of the mentees, we will travel to BU and PC to ensure that all procedures are being performed identically as possible. Additionally, we will participate in yearly research symposia.
Effective start/end date6/15/205/31/23


  • National Science Foundation (NSF): $597,873.00


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