8 Oct 2015
“Imagine I could send an ecologist to Europe back tens of millions of years ago. Then, ask them to look at the ants and to tell me where they think they have landed… They would say South East Asia”,...
Type: News Article
8 Oct 2015
New informatic tools help ecologists compare the worldwide distribution of ants over time. The 20 million years old ant preserved in amber on the left is a species of turtle ant from the genus...
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24 Dec 2014
About one tenth of the world’s ants are close relatives; they all belong to just one genus out of 323, called Pheidole. “If you go into any tropical forest and take a stroll, you will step on one of...
Type: News Article
24 Dec 2014
This chart shows the evolutionary relationship between 300 Pheidole species from all over the world. Each species fits neatly into a group by region, showing that 
Type: Photo
24 Dec 2014
Professor Evan Economo and researchers in the Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit compared genetic sequences from hundreds species of Pheidole, a group of ants with mysteriously high diversity. They...
Type: Photo
Nereus, the Robotic Deep Sea Diver
3 Oct 2014
An unmanned remote-operated vehicle, called Nereus, waits aboard the ship until its next dive. Engineers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts built Nereus to withstand the extreme...
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3 Oct 2014
This spring, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit researcher Béatrice Lecroq jumped aboard a ship traveling the Pacific. This was no...
Type: News Article
Star-shaped Foraminifera
3 Oct 2014
Some foraminifera form calcium shells that look like small stars. This is a common shallow water species that appears on some beaches on the islands of Okinawa in Japan. Photo courtesy of...
Type: Photo
Large Foraminiferan
3 Oct 2014
A very large foraminiferan at the top of one of Lecroq’s deep-sea sediment samples. Despite this organism’s size, it only contains one cell. Photo by Béatrice Lecroq.
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Watching Nereus Dive
3 Oct 2014
Researchers watch footage of Nereus, an unmanned robotic vehicle, dive into the Kermadec Trench, one of the deepest ocean trenches in the world. Photo by Sadie Mills.
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Béatrice Lecroq
3 Oct 2014
Béatrice Lecroq examines a large foraminiferan at the top of sediment sample from Nereus. Photo by Kate Stamler.
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27 Jun 2014
X-Ray micro-CT scan of ant specimen Pheidole fervens by OIST Biodiversity & Biocomplexity Unit
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