Science Cafe: ANTS!
ANTS! They're everywhere! But how much do we really know about them? By enlisting a legion of citizen scientists, NCSU researchers are just now discovering which species are most common in the U.S. They have also recently discovered that right here in North Carolina, a battle is being waged between two different invasive ant species. Join Dr. Eleanor Spicer Rice to learn more about the ants living in our backyards, school yards and neighborhoods.
About our Speaker
Dr. Eleanor Spicer Rice loves all insects, but is particularly fascinated by ants. She studied the behavior and interactions of two invasive ant species, the Argentine ant and the Asian needle ant, to earn her Ph.D. in Entomology from North Carolina State University. Ever since she was a little girl exploring the swamps and woods around her hometown of Goldsboro, NC, Eleanor has had a boundless curiosity for the natural world. She is the author of the free e-book “Dr. Eleanor’s Book of Common Ants” In this new guide to the common ants of North America, Dr. Eleanor delights readers young and old with tales of our tiny insect neighbors. Her stories of the heroes and villains that tiptoe around us are brought to life by the vibrant photographs of Alex Wild.