Hannah helps run both the field team when at Mountain Lake Biological Station and research lab at Swarthmore. She assists with both data collection and curation as well as research. In addition to maintaining the Formica lab database and sanity of lab members, she is broadly interested in entomology, education, and science outreach.
As the official Formica-lab lab, Kaylee is responsible for greeting all visitors, answering any calls, and is fully available to fetch anything for Dr. Formica. When not assisting the PI, Kaylee focuses her time on researching predator-prey interactions, specifically auditory cues that squirrels use to evade well hidden canines.
Each undergraduate in our lab develops and executes their own independent project. These projects result in posters, presentations, and published papers.
Click on the pictures below to read more about our students' projects.
Laura determined that the time interval of observation influenced the structure and individual position of beetle social networks.
Stephanie found that females who were courted more often were more likely to leave mating arenas, suggesting that courtship may be costly to females. However, none of the behaviors we measured predicted male movement.
Phoebe's first project in our lab revealed differences between the social network position of male and female beetles.