Pogonomyrmex anergismus (left), a social parasite of P. barbatus (right), antennates one of her host colonies' workers.
Pogonomyrmex barbatus workers engage in territorial battles between neighboring colonies.
A Pogonomyrmex barbatus worker clears vegetation from her colonies' nest mound in the early spring season.
A local Solenopsis spp. tends to a group of aphids for their honeydew while they feed on bermuda grass phloem.
Two Novomessor spp. workers defend their nest entrance as a photographer intrudes on their territory.
A colorful Harpegnathos saltator worker takes a much-needed break after a rigorous painting session.
Pogonomyrmex barbatus workers are often seen running around with extra heads (likely remnants of a territorial battle).
A Nasonia vitripennis female stings her host Sarcophaga pupa before she begins to lay eggs.
A Pogonomyrmex barbatus worker emerges with a lump of mineral grains as she helps maintain her nest.
As a complement to my research, I also enjoy working on photography, videography, and graphic design projects, which I develop for promotional, educational, and research purposes. Below are selections of some of my work in these formats. Additional examples can be found at my flickr (photography) and vimeo (videography) sites.
Description: Arizona State University is home to one of the largest research groups studying social insects (a.k.a. SIRG & friends). This video offers a brief view into some our labs and study organisms.
Description: As part of my field research I've had opportunities to observe the mating swarms of several ant species. Here's a mini-documentary of a nuptial flight in the red harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex barbatus.
Below are several examples of logos, posters, and graphics I've designed. Click on an image to view larger versions, and learn more about the project.
SIRG & friends
Flight of the Sexuals
Below are several examples of photographs I've produced during my graduate school tenure. Click on an image to view larger versions, and learn more about the organisms.
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