Fresh off a summer chasing ants and plants at Coweeta in North Carolina, Mike Olejniczak and Phil Pinzone successfully defended their theses. Abby Mathew, Sonya Bayba and Kevin Krupp spent their summer chasing ants in Western New York, including park surveys, aggression assays and thermal tolerance.
Science Daily — Temperature, rainfall, soil composition, and sunlight may not be the only contributors to a plant’s success. Ants, in their role as seed dispersers, may play an equally important part in determining whether a plant species thrives or fails
Science Daily – Warm nights might be more important than hot days in determining how species respond to climate change. “Rising minimum temperatures may be the best way to predict how climate change will affect an ecosystem,” said Robert Warren, assistant professor of biology at SUNY Buffalo State. “Cold extremes that once limited warm-adapted species will disappear in a warming global climate.” This sets up work by current lab member Victoria De Stefano looking at potential hybridization between cold and warm ants.