Today I gave two guest presentations at Kountze High School, in the heart of the Big Thicket region of east Texas, about our research on local ants. The students enjoyed hearing about the ways in which ants– like people–have been struggling to rebuild after the devastating flooding from Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. Thanks to […]
I am very excited to announce that my latest project, a complete digital course on the modern science of evolution, is now available through The Great Courses! It consists of 24 videos, each 30 minutes in length, on topics including: – Darwin’s ideas and how he developed them – how evolution can be rapid – […]
I recently returned from a field research trip to Costa Rica where I worked with a fantastic team of collaborators (including both physicists and biologists) at the University of Costa Rica to understand traffic flow in leafcutter anta. Here are few pictures from our time at La Selva Biological Station.
I had a great time visiting Texas State University in San Marcos last week, where I spoke as part of the Common Experience program. Despite the wet weather, there was a great turnout, with more than 250 students at the talk! I also got to visit with Dr. Julie Westerlund’s graduate biology course, who had read […]
I wrote a piece for NBC News MACH about how climate change could affect human evolution. One of the possible ways this could happen is by driving large scale migrations that would result in population mixing (what biologists call gene flow). This would likely cause human populations to become more similar to one another. Could […]
There was a lot of coverage this week of the research Tom Miller, Sarah Bengston, and I are doing this year to investigate how severe flooding from Hurricane Harvey affected native and non-native ant communities in the Big Thicket region of east Texas. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180326213310.htm https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Hurricane-Harvey-fire-ants-Houston-Rice-University-12783050.php Months After Harvey, Another Flood: One Of Fire Ants