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2013
--Mike co-authors a study with Jenifer Kerekes on the fungal responses to the Gigante Fertilization Experiment in Molecular Biology
--Kristina Teixiera visits the AntLab and discusses succession in tropical forests
--After 17 years or so, it was time to update the AntLab manifesto.
--Jon Shik visits the lab, teaches about the glories of respirometry, and gives an Ecomunch on the sugar, protein, cockroaches, and argentine ants.
--Jackson is off to Madegascar with Christian Peters and Brian Fisher to add to his alate studies and hang out with two of the world's premier myrmecologists.
--Jelena spends two weeks in Panama hanging out with the world's premier canopy entomologist, and AntLab alum, Steve Yanoviak, to advance her thesis work on canopy-litter ecology.
--David Donoso is a lead author, along with MikeK, Natalie, and Antlab alum Mary Johnston, on a paper exploring the role of tropical trees on the structure of Brown Food Webs, in Soil Biology and Biogeochemistry.
--Christian Mulder, in a wide ranging collaboration including MikeK, explores the relationship between diversity and ecosystem function, in Advances in Ecological Research.

2012
--Protein, carbs, or both? Mike reports on an using nutritional ecology to explore ant community ecology in Ecosphere.
--Jon Shik earns a prestigious Mme Curie Fellowship to work in Copenhagen and Panama
--Mike is a co-PI on a DOE GANN grant to support promising graduate students in EEB--and Natalie Clay is one of the first!
--Jon Shik is lead author
on the scaling of ant life history in Biology Letters
--Fall Semester begins and Dr. Michael Weiser joins the Antlab as the MacroEcology postdoc
--Congrats to Dr. David Donoso!
--Congrats to Jackson Helms on his NSF GRFP!
--Congrats to Natalie Clay on her NSF DIGG!
- -Ray Huey and Steve Yanoviak visit the AntLab and much discussion of thermal ecology transpires
-- Natalie Clay wins the best paper at the OU Grad Student Research day
--Natalie Clay earns an NSF DIGG for her proposal "Sodium availability and the structure of brown food webs"
-- Jon Shik continues the lab's work on alate biology with a nice paper in Naturwissenschaften: "A life history continuum in the males of a Neotropical ant assemblage: refuting the sperm vessel hypothesis".
-- Robert Dudley is the lead author on an Insights essay in Biotropica entitled "Lust for salt in the western Amazon. Not for the faint of heart.

 

2011

--Jesse Czekanski-Moir, Natalie Clay, and Mike spent much of the field season on Barro Colorado Island working with Adam Kay's lab on the AntStoich project.
--In early June, David Donoso, REU student Deana Flatt, and Mike harvested the 1 -year NaCl fertilization experiment at Yasuni Ecuador. More on that soon.
--J. Animal Ecology publishes Mike's collaboration with Sean O'Donnell, John Lattke, and Scott Powell: Predation and patchiness in the tropical litter: do swarm-raiding army ants skim the cream or drain the bottle?
--Ecography publishes Mike's collaboration with AntLab alum Mike Weiser: Per-capita energy availability and the regulation of abundance.
--Ecology publishes Joe Wright's report on our ongoing Gigante collaboration in Panama: Potassium, phosphorus, or nitrogen limit root allocation, tree growth, and litter production in a lowland tropical forest.

 

2010
--Congrats to Dr. Jon Shik, the AntLab's newly minted Ph. D. !
--Robert Dudley from UC Berkeley visits in October, and, thereafter, nothing is the same.
--A collaboration with Brad Stevenson, Jon Shik, and Jennifer Kerekes, "Scaling Community Structure..." comes out as a report in Ecology.
--We welcome to Jesse Czekanski-Moir as the newest grad student in the AntLab.
--A collaboration with Dudley and Yanoviak is published in Biology Letters shedding light on how Cephalotes pull off their aerobatics.
--Jon's "The metabolic cost of building ant colonies from variably-sized subunits" comes out in BES.
--Field season is upon the AntLab. Natalie is heading to Yasuni Ecuador to study Na limitation and Azteca, David, Jon, Mike and Deana will head to Barro Colorado Island on the Stoichiometry project
--Mike visited Tony Joern and the folks in KSU biology, and planted some pitfall traps with Tony on the Konza demonstration plots.
--Jim Brown makes a visit to the AntLab. Quality of discussion increases by M^0.75.
--David is lead author, along with AntLab alumnus Mary Johnston and Mike, in "Trees as templates for tropical litter arthropod diversity", in Oecologia.
--Jon's thesis chapter on More Food-Less Habitat, comes out in Ecological Entomology.
--Mike's collaboration with the Gillooly lab on the energetics of colonial insects gets some publicity and a paper in PNAS, along with a commentary in Communicative and Integrative Biology.

Timeless
--Mike and Steve Yanoviak's Biogeochemistry and the structure of tropical brown food webs comes out in Ecology, as does our exploration, with Robert Dudley, of gliding in hexapods.
--Mike and Natalie are co-authors, along with Steve Yanoviak, May Yuan, and Robert Dudley, on a PNAS paper Sodium shortage as a constraint on the carbon cycle in an inland tropical rainforest. It gets a nice writeup in National Geograhic Online.
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Sooner Magazine has a nice writeup of the Lab's work, with many illustrations from Debby Kaspari
--NSF Ecosystems funds the lab to the tune of $75K to perform large scale fertilization of an Ecuador rainforest, with NaCl!
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Insectes Sociaux publishes a collaboration between Jon and Mike on lifespans of male alates.
--NSF Ecology funds Mike's grant with Adam Kay to study the stoichiometric underpinnings of ant life history and community ecology on BCI. This includes support for two grad students, and will keep us busy on the island for three years. Huzzah!
--Mike and Brad Stevenson speculate as to what Microbiologists can learn from behavioral ecologists in the PNAS commentary: Evolutionary Ecology, antibiosis, and all that rot.
--Mike celebrates the 50th anniversary of RH MacArthur's "warbler paper" in the Bulletin of the ESA
--Ants like Salt! The media hysteria reaches fever pitch as PNAS publishes an article by Kaspari, Yanoviak and Dudley on the biogeography of salt limitation across ant communities.
--As part of a continuing effort to get pictorial guides to local ant faunas, we present The Ants of Konza Prairie.
--The Antlab welcomes a new Ph. D. candidate, Natalie Clay, late of Colby College. Natalie will be joining the expedition to Peru in December.
--Jon gives a presentation at the Gordon Conference on Metabolic Ecology.
--Jon's paper on reproductive scaling comes out in Functional Ecology.
-- Mike arrives at The Harvard Forest for a 6-month sabbatical. Re-discovers winter.
--Mike gets $47K from NSF to fund the third Gordon Conference on the Metabolic Basis of Ecology. Mike is co-chair with Bob Sterner.
--The press gets wind of Yanoviak, Kaspari, Dudley and Poinar's forthcoming paper in The American Naturalist on a nematode that turns Cephalotes atratus gasters bright red. --National Geographic awards the AntLab $21K to study the biogeography of salt
--Alum Michael Weiser begins a postdoc with Robb Dunn and Nate Sanders at NC State to study global warming and ant communitis
--Alum Steve Yanoviak begins his professorship at UArkansas-Little Rock.
--Ysabel Milton's honor's thesis on micropatchiness in Brown Food Web's comes out in Oecologia.
--Kaspari receives a Bullard Fellow for Spring Sabbatical '08 at Harvard Forest
--Back from a trip up the Rio Napo, Peru, with Steve Yanoviak and Robert Dudley (thats me on the canopy walkway). Check out the virtual refrigerator door or this panorama to get a hint. We should be updating this soon with photos from Field Season 2006
--Steve Yanoviak leads this Nature paper on the wonderful story of the gliding ant, Cephalotes atratus.-- Kaspari explores the consequences of size gradients in ant communities in PNAS.

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