I use a variety of approaches to cultivate the careers of promising researchers. I coordinate two laboratories, one at CAS with students and staff, and one in Madagascar at the Madagascar Biodiversity Center. I also advise MSc and PhD students at UC Davis, UC Berkeley, and San Francisco State University, as well as summer interns at CAS from Madagascar and Africa. I also teach annually three field based courses:
The future of ant biodiversity research requires the development of new talent both in the United States and in tropical regions that are home to the bulk of remaining diversity. In 2001, with help from Stephan Cover, Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, I created the annual Ant Course, an intensive ten-day workshop covering ant taxonomy, field sampling techniques, frontiers in ant systematics, and other topics. The course includes three modules: I. Phylogeny, Diversity, Classification, II. The Social Dimension, and III. Roles in Ecosystems and Sustainability. More than 450 students from the United States and 55 countries have benefited from this opportunity to interact with the world’s leading ant researchers.
The course is open to 35 students and is held throughout the world, rotating from the US, Africa, Neotropics, and Asia. In 2017, the course will not be held.
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In collaboration with the scientist at the Madagascar Biodiversity Center, I teach a field entomology course for students at the Université d'Antananarivo. We have been teaching this course since 2009. This course is open to any student in Madagascar or international student interested in the ants of Madagascar.