We aim to understand the evolution of traits that drive community assembly in ant-centric symbiotic species networks. We accomplish this by (1) determining the chemical communication processes that mediate both antagonistic and cooperative symbiotic interactions, (2) identifying the evolutionary transitions of traits of interest within ant genera, and (3) determining the genetic underpinnings of adaptive traits.
In the Adams Lab, we strive to cultivate a research group built on mentorship, encouragement, tolerance and mutual respect. We encourage the participation of anyone with a commitment to scientific excellence from all dimensions of diversity. We recognize that diverse perspectives enhance scientific discovery, build richer relationships and ultimately benefit the world. We therefore welcome students, postdocs, and visiting scholars regardless of race, cultural background, age, gender identification, sexual orientation, or physical ability. Aligned with OSU’s principles and diversity mission, we intend to help build a scientific community reflective of society’s diversity.