Mon 30 Apr 2018: 2.00pm [QE] – Choi Jihea on “Personality of Ooceraea biroi (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Dorylinae) and its effect on ant fitness”

Department of Biological Sciences, NUS
Qualifying Examination

Personality of Ooceraea biroi (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Dorylinae) and its effect on ant fitness

Speaker: Choi Jihea
(Graduate Student, Dept. of Biological Sciences, NUS)
Monday, 30th April 2018: 2.00pm
At DBS Conference room (S3 Level 5)
Supervisor: Assoc Prof Li Daiqin

Abstract – The field of animal personality has boomed in the last two decades, with current research interests focused on not only quantifying personality for each species, but also to investigate the evolutionary significance of personality.

Using the eusocial and thelytokous ants, Ooceraea biroi, my project aims to investigate the presence of personality in individuals and colonies of these clonal ants, and the impact of personality on individual and group fitness. Furthermore, the project will test whether colony personalities can be influenced by external stress, and test if the individual’s past foraging experiences can shape its personality and effect the expression of the foraging gene

All are welcome.

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