Principal Investigator


 

Dr. Jürgen Gadau

School of Life Sciences | Professor
Research Interests: Evolutionary genetics and genomics; speciation; adaptation; mitochondria evolution; social and solitary Hymenoptera
Juergen.Gadau@asu.edu
 
 

Graduate Students


 

Elizabeth Cash

Biology | PhD Candidate
Research Interests: Social evolution; eusocial insect behavior; nestmate recognition; chemical communication
Elizabeth.Cash@asu.edu
 
 
 

Christopher Dimond

Biology & Society | PhD Candidate
Research Interests: Group and multilevel selection; history and philosophy of evolutionary theory
Christopher.Dimond@asu.edu
 
 
 

Ti Eriksson

Evolutionary Biology | PhD Student
Research Interests: Evolution of sociality; polygyny; social Hymenoptera; speciation
th3@asu.edu
 
 
 

Harry Grissom

Biology | MSc Student
Research Interests: Evolutionary genetics; chemical communication
Harry.Grissom@asu.edu
 
 
 
 

Rachna Nath

Biology | PhD Student
Research Interests: Honey bee biology; evolutionary genetics
Rachna.Nath@asu.edu
 
 
 
 

Erick Peirson

Biology & Society | PhD Candidate
Research Interests: History of 20th-century ecology and evolutionary theory
Erick.Peirson@asu.edu
 
 
 
 

Undergraduate Students


 

Alexandre Harris

Biology | Bachelor’s Student
Research Interests: Social insects; microbial endosymbionts; Wolbachia
Alexandre.Harris@asu.edu
 
 
 

Shayan Shiehzadegan

Biology | Bachelor’s Student
Research Interests: Population genetics; polygyny
Shayan.Shiehzadegan@asu.edu
 
 
 
 

Rafael Tula

Biology | Bachelor’s Student
Research Interests: Evolutionary genetics; social insect recognition; mate choice; genotype-phenotype relationships
Rafael.Tula@asu.edu
 
 
 
 

Former Members


 

Dr. Kirk Anderson

Post-doctoral Researcher (2006)
Research Interests: Contribution of microbial symbionts to honey bee nutrition, immunity and general health
Current Location: Research Entomologist/Microbial Ecologist at the USDA-ARS Carl Hayden Bee Research Center
 
 

Dr. Josh Gibson

Biology | PhD (2013)
Research Interests: Evolutionary genetics; speciation; nuclear-mitochondrial evolutionary dynamics
Current Location: Postdoctoral Researcher in Dr. Greg Hunt’s Lab at Purdue University
 
 

Dr. Martin Helmkampf

Post-doctoral Researcher (2009-2012)
Research Interests: Social evolution; genomics of social insects; gene family evolution; phylogenetics
Current Location: Postdoctoral Researcher in Dr. Jennifer Fewell’s Lab at Arizona State University
 
 

Neal (Brad) Jacobson

Biology | MSc (2012)
Thesis: A Practical and Theoretical Approach to Understanding the Selective Mechanisms behind Genetic Caste Determination in Pogonomyrmex rugosus and Pogonomyrmex barbatus
Current Location: Adjunct Faculty at Mesa Community College, and sharing music with the world via Astorian Sound
 

Andrea Judson

Lab Manager (2006-2008)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Brendon Mott

Biology | MSc (2012)
Thesis: Phylogeography of Pogonomyrmex barbatus and P. rugosus Harvester Ants: A Complex Regional History of Ancient Vicariance and Recent Expansion in Arid-Adapted Insects, and Implications for the Success of Cryptic Hybrid Lineages with GCD
Current Location: USDA-ARS Lab Technician
 

Dr. Oliver Niehuis

Post-doctoral Researcher (2005-2009)
Research Interests: Reproductive isolation; genomics and phylogenetics; evolution of insects; chemical mimicry
Current Location: Assistant Professor at the Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK)
 
 

Dr. Rick Overson

Biology | PhD (2011)
Thesis: Causes and Consequences of Multi-Queen Colonies in the California Harvester Ant Pogonomyrmex californicus
Current Location: Research Associate at California Academy of Sciences
 
 

Dr. Chris Smith

Post-doctoral Researcher (2008-2009)
Research Interests: Social insect caste determination; ant foraging ecology and decision making; comparative ant genomics
Current Location: Assistant Professor at Earlham College