Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit (Evan P. Economo)
8 Oct 2015 - 10:17
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...
24 Dec 2014 - 15:14
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 - 15:05
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
24 Dec 2014 - 15:04
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...
3 Oct 2014 - 17:25
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...
3 Oct 2014 - 17:24
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
3 Oct 2014 - 17:16
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...
3 Oct 2014 - 17:13
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.
3 Oct 2014 - 17:05
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.
3 Oct 2014 - 15:37
Béatrice Lecroq examines a large foraminiferan at the top of sediment sample from Nereus. Photo by Kate Stamler.
27 Jun 2014 - 19:20
X-Ray micro-CT scan of ant specimen Pheidole fervens by OIST Biodiversity & Biocomplexity Unit
19 Jun 2014 - 15:18
Micro-CT scan of an ant in amber