Science Cafe: Urban Ants and What They Do For You
Cities are designed for people, not animals. But some creatures, from pavement ants to house sparrows, enjoy the urban lifestyle, too. As cities grow and invest in parks and gardens, we need to know how these features affect our animal neighbors. Does the design of green spaces shape how animals use them—and whether they use them in ways that we find helpful? In this Science Café, NC State entomologist Elsa Youngsteadt will share her research on ants and other insects in New York City. Find out what happens when you drop a bite of hot dog from your food-truck lunch in a park or a traffic island, and see how urban insects fared during the catastrophic flooding of Hurricane Sandy.
About Our Speaker
Dr. Elsa Youngsteadt is a Research Associate in the Department of Entomology at NC State University, where she studies the effects of urbanization and climate change on insect ecology. After completing her PhD in entomology at NC State, she worked as a science writer and editor for American Scientist magazine. Since returning to the world of insects in 2012, her urban research has taken her up and down the East Coast, from Raleigh to the streets of Boston and New York City.