Behavioral ecology, evolution, animal behavior and psychology
Making sure the ants are happy and healthy by feeding them, giving them water, cleaning out their waste, and making sure their fungus is healthy. As caring for the ants is my primary task, I am currently interested in finding the most efficient and effective ways to establish a healthy environment for the fungus in the aspects of quantities of food, moisture, and ridding the environment of bacterial and fungal parasites.
Trail pheromone evolution in fungus-growing ants.
Medicine, chemical communication
My goal is to learn more about scientific research and ant species. I currently work on a team project where we explore the diversity of trail pheromones and behavior among the fungus-growing ants. I will create a poster about ant communication for an Honors program conference in April 2019.