Population Parameters of Red Imported Fire Ant and Pathogens

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I'm investigating the population parameters of red imported fire ant colonies. The broad goal is to look at a number of parameters (pathogen infection rates, social forms, colony densities, colony size, worker size distribution, and habitat) at each site for correlations and year-to-year changes. This analysis will give us a better understanding of the environmental requirements of the ants and their parasites. Armed with this information, we will design experiments to assay to further investigate the tolerances of ants and pathogens (eg. temperature preferences for infected vs. uninfected colonies).

I'm looking for a student to help with analyze the data and to work with me on some of the live experiments.


No previous experience required, but knowledge of basic biology and statistics is preferred.


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