Field Museum of Natural History
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Dept. Science and Education
Division of Insects
Chicago, IL 60605
sprice at fieldmuseum.org
I am a postdoc at the Field Museum of Natural History working in Dr. Corrie Moreau’s lab. My research focuses on the processes and mechanisms involved in the adaptive diversification of lineages. I use ants as a study system, a group
known for its diversity, sociality
and important ecological roles.
Areas of research interest:
- lineage diversification
- adaptive trait evolution
- historical biogeography
- ant-microbe symbioses
Collecting arboreal turtle ants in Amazonian Peru. Photo by Steve Yanoviak.
My research attempts to understand the ecological drivers of diversification from a macroevolutionary perspective. My focal system is the species-rich ant genus Cephalotes, or turtle ants, a group that has diversified throughout the Neotropics over the last 50 million years. Turtle ants represent an ideal system to address my research interests because of their novel ecological
distribution, and their diverse and elaborate morphological traits that can be linked to their ecology. I use
phylogenetic, genomic, paleontological and morphological approaches and methods to understand the evolution of lineage and trait diversity though time.
Variation in phenotypic diversity exhibited by turtle ants. Pictures from AntWeb, figure made by Scott Powell.