OIST Open Campus, March 2014

The Ari Lab had a great time preparing for Open Campus. We loved meeting the community and teaching everyone about the wonderful world of ants.

Thank you to all the volunteers, and especially, Masako-san, for everything they did. Our booth wouldn’t have been a success without them!

Nitish joins the lab.

We are happy to welcome our newest lab member, Nitish Narula, who comes highly recommended from the Avian phylogenomics group at NMSU.  Nitish is our new computing technician and will work on specimen and molecular databases, bioinformatics, and statistical data analyses.  He’s also got the best beard at OIST.  Welcome!

Nitish Narula

Welcome, John.

The lab recently expanded by one member.  We are excited o welcome John Deyrup to the team as a Research Technician.  John comes to us (most recently) from Rutgers University, where he did a thesis on Dictyoptera phylogenetics.  John has a great set of skills ranging from insect curation to molecular work and even some programming experience.    He is going to be working on all the projects going on in the lab in some capacity.

Bannapone!

Benoit, Cong, and Benjamin made a great discovery on their trip to China, the first workers of one of the rarest ant genera in the world, Bannapone! The genus had previously only been known from a queen collected about 15 years ago. Our paper describes the worker of a different species of the genus.

See the paper here: http://biotaxa.org/Zootaxa/article/view/zootaxa.3734.3.6

and news article here:

http://www.oist.jp/news-center/news/2013/11/21/oist-student%E2%80%99s-return-china-leads-new-discovery