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Zeroing in on 20-Million-Year-Old Ants, a New Genus

What incredible research! It involves fossilized male ants, estimated to be about 20 million years and encased in Ethiopian amber. And a...

From left: Martin Müller, director of the Institute for Materials Physics at Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, and Christian Schroer, leading scientist of DESY's X-ray source PETRA III, accept a model of the newly identified ant from lead author Brendon Boudinot of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, and co-author Jörg Hammel, beamline scientist at the Hereon measurement station at PETRA III, where the research took place. (Photo courtesy of Marta Meyer, DESY)
From left: Martin Müller, director of the Institute for Materials Physics at Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, and Christian Schroer, leading scientist of DESY's X-ray source PETRA III, accept a model of the newly identified ant from lead author Brendon Boudinot of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, and co-author Jörg Hammel, beamline scientist at the Hereon measurement station at PETRA III, where the research took place. (Photo courtesy of Marta Meyer, DESY)

From left: Martin Müller, director of the Institute for Materials Physics at Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, and Christian Schroer, leading scientist of DESY's X-ray source PETRA III, accept a model of the newly identified ant from lead author Brendon Boudinot of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, and co-author Jörg Hammel, beamline scientist at the Hereon measurement station at PETRA III, where the research took place. (Photo courtesy of Marta Meyer, DESY)

UC Davis doctoral alumnus Brendon  Boudinot, an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Institute of Zoology and Evolutionary Research at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, shows a 3D image of the newly discovered ant species named
UC Davis doctoral alumnus Brendon Boudinot, an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Institute of Zoology and Evolutionary Research at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, shows a 3D image of the newly discovered ant species named "Hereon" (foreground). On the screen, background, is the ant encased in Ethiopian amber. (Photo by Jens Meyer, University of Jena)

UC Davis doctoral alumnus Brendon Boudinot, an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Institute of Zoology and Evolutionary Research at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, shows a 3D image of the newly discovered ant species named "Hereon" (foreground). On the screen, background, is the ant encased in Ethiopian amber. (Photo by Jens Meyer, University of Jena)

Posted on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 3:57 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

The Ants and Butterflies of Gates Canyon: Quite the Ecosystem

Gates Canyon, located just outside the city of Vacaville,  in Solano County, Calif., is quite the ecosystem. It's one of the habitats of...

This is the species (Lasius nr. atopus) that inspired the initial stages of the UC Davis project. (Photo by Matthew  Prebus)
This is the species (Lasius nr. atopus) that inspired the initial stages of the UC Davis project. (Photo by Matthew Prebus)

This is the species (Lasius nr. atopus) that inspired the initial stages of the UC Davis project. (Photo by Matthew Prebus)

This image of Gates Canyon Road, Vacaville, was taken Sept. 25, 2020, following the massive wildfire that swept through the canyon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This image of Gates Canyon Road, Vacaville, was taken Sept. 25, 2020, following the massive wildfire that swept through the canyon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This image of Gates Canyon Road, Vacaville, was taken Sept. 25, 2020, following the massive wildfire that swept through the canyon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gates Canyon Road is a paved county road, located just outside the city of Vacaville. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gates Canyon Road is a paved county road, located just outside the city of Vacaville. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gates Canyon Road is a paved county road, located just outside the city of Vacaville. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 4:43 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

The Art of the Ant

We're used to admiring street art that showcases such iconic insects as lady beetles, dragonflies and butterflies, but carpenter ants? Carpenter...

Street art usually focuses on such insects as bees, butterflies and dragonflies, but at Vacaville's Ulatis Creek Park, someone affixed this carpenter ant. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Street art usually focuses on such insects as bees, butterflies and dragonflies, but at Vacaville's Ulatis Creek Park, someone affixed this carpenter ant. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Street art usually focuses on such insects as bees, butterflies and dragonflies, but at Vacaville's Ulatis Creek Park, someone affixed this carpenter ant. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

See the carpenter ant (foreground at right) on the bridge pillar of the Ulatis Creek Bridge, Vacaville? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
See the carpenter ant (foreground at right) on the bridge pillar of the Ulatis Creek Bridge, Vacaville? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

See the carpenter ant (foreground at right) on the bridge pillar of the Ulatis Creek Bridge, Vacaville? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, July 2, 2021 at 4:37 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

On Making a Mountain Out of an Ant Hill

When you "make a mountain out of a molehill," you're exaggerating the severity of the situation. But if you're an ant, you can make little mounds...

Piper, a West Highland white terrier, aka Westie,
Piper, a West Highland white terrier, aka Westie, "polices" two carpenter ant mounds in a Vacaville park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Piper, a West Highland white terrier, aka Westie, "polices" two carpenter ant mounds in a Vacaville park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Being the curious sort, Piper, a  West Highland white terrier, sniffs a carpenter ant mound in a Vacaville park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Being the curious sort, Piper, a West Highland white terrier, sniffs a carpenter ant mound in a Vacaville park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Being the curious sort, Piper, a West Highland white terrier, sniffs a carpenter ant mound in a Vacaville park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of carpenter ants, Camponotus semitestaceus (as identified by UC Davis-trained entomologist Brendon Boudinot). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of carpenter ants, Camponotus semitestaceus (as identified by UC Davis-trained entomologist Brendon Boudinot). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of carpenter ants, Camponotus semitestaceus (as identified by UC Davis-trained entomologist Brendon Boudinot). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 3:53 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Health, Natural Resources

Congrats, Brendon Boudinot, Recipient of ESA's Snodgrass Memorial Research Award

Congratulations to UC Davis alumnus and ant morphologist Brendon Boudinot recipient of the coveted Robert E....

Ant specialist Brendon Boudinot searching for ants at the Southwest Research Station in Chiricahua Mountains near Portal, Arizona. (Photo by Roberto Keller, National Museum of Natural History and Science, Portugal)
Ant specialist Brendon Boudinot searching for ants at the Southwest Research Station in Chiricahua Mountains near Portal, Arizona. (Photo by Roberto Keller, National Museum of Natural History and Science, Portugal)

Ant specialist Brendon Boudinot searching for ants at the Southwest Research Station in Chiricahua Mountains near Portal, Arizona. (Photo by Roberto Keller, National Museum of Natural History and Science, Portugal)

Posted on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 3:08 PM
Focus Area Tags: Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

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