School of Ants: Crowdsourced Biogeography

Dr. Andrea Lucky and her team bring us a pretty interesting crowd sourced experiment on picnics most feared enemy, ants. All you have to do to take partis collect some ants from an urban environment (Apparently pecan sandies are the optimal bait for this purpose), send them in to Dr. Lucky and her team will identify the species (e.g. Solenopsis xyloni) and post the results to their interactive map.

Via School of Ants

Giant Ant Colony Excavated

Researchers filled a Giant Ant colony full of concrete to reveal the amazingly complex structure below. Of course, they probably could have used ground penetrating radar to accomplish the same thing without wiping out the ants.

E.O. Wilson on Ants

Photo Credit: Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology

Renowned evolutionary biologist Edward O. Wilson has spent his long career cracking the code of ants. It’s the ants’ ability to communicate and form tight-knit societies that lies behind their extraordinary evolutionary success. We visit Wilson in his office at Harvard to learn the nature of the ants’ special language—and what’s in an ant’s name. Listen to this Encyclopedia of Life One Species at a Time podcast to hear the story.

What is the Encyclopedia of Life?

The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is a free, online collaborative encyclopedia intended to document all of the 1.9 million living species known to science — and those yet to be discovered. The information on EOL is aggregated from existing scientific databases and from contributions by experts and non-experts throughout the world. It aims to build one “infinitely expandable” page for each species, including video, sound, images, graphics, as well as text.  EOL encourages citizen scientist contributions to help build this global biodiversity resource.

What is One Species at a Time?

The audio series One Species at a Time is a tribute to life on Earth and is a way to make information about species interesting and accessible.  Each episode is a story, a mystery, a riddle, or an exploration of a different creature pulsing, fluttering, surging, respiring and galloping on this planet.  Biodiversity is center stage.