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.
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: