What we study
|Our research focuses on the ecology and evolution of symbiotic associations between animals and microbes. We utilize a cross-disciplinary approach incorporating ecological, evolutionary, behavioral, genetic, and microbiological approaches and employ molecular ecology and phylogenetic techniques to examine how microbes shape the biology of higher organisms. Our main study system is the quadripartite association between fungus-growing ants, their fungal cultivars, mutualistic bacteria, and specialized garden pathogens.|
- Congratulations to Jonathan on his new professorship!
- Laura Muller just joined the lab. Welcome to our newest technician!
- Gaspar Bruner, a new graduate student, has joined the lab. Welcome Gaspar!
- Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Marsh on successfully defending her thesis!
- Cameron and Gina met with Energy Secretary Steven Chu during his visit to the Great Lakes Bioenergy Center. Check out the picture.
- Congratulations to Frank Aylward for receiving the Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship (WDGF)
- Nicole Davis and Amanda Johnson have been awarded the Hilldale Undergraduate Award!
- Cameron has been granted full professorship. Congratulations Cameron!
- Cameron saw Will Smith while he was field collecting in Costa Rica! Who knew Will Smith liked leaf-cutters too?
- The Ant-Cam is up and running! Watch our Atta cephalotes display colony in real-time as they maintain their garden and integrate leaf material! You can also follow the colony on Twitter!
- The Leaf-Cutter Ants have officially moved into their new exhibit in the Microbe Place in the Microbial Sciences Building!
- Cameron received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers!!!