Ant Colony Decision-Making
Monomorium antarcticum is endemic to New Zealand and can be found throughout the country, most often in undisturbed prairie or grasslands. Although the most common ant in NZ, there is little known about the biology or life-history of M. antarcticum. Colonies excavate nests about 5-10cm below the ground surface, often bordering on the surface of a large, half-buried rock. Foragers are rarely observed above ground. By using of ant-farms with established colonies in the lab, I am looking for students interested in testing hypotheses on collective decision making, emigration, and social or spatial colony organization.