Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit
The Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit explores how ecological and evolutionary processes generate and sustain biodiversity across levels of biological organization. The unit’s research on biodiversity integrates emerging theoretical, computational, imaging, and informatics-based approaches with field surveys and natural history collections. Current projects include the dynamics of ant communities in the Pacific Islands, global ant diversity patterns and conservation, the macroevolution of hyperdiverse ant radiations, the evolution of organismal design, and community-collaborative ecological monitoring of Okinawa’s ecosystems.
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New global map of ant biodiversity reveals areas that may hide undiscovered species
Researchers have combined data from around the world with predictions from machine learning to create a high-resolution map of ant diversity, revealing areas that should be the focus of exploration and research.