Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit

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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.

Group photo of the unit in the lab