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Columbus Science Pub: The Superorganisms in your Backyard with Dr. Rachelle Adams

  • Up Front at Shadowbox Live 503 South Front Street Columbus, OH, 43215 United States (map)

The Columbus Science Pub is an event that aims to present scientific issues in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. No science background? No problem!! Everyone and every question is welcome.

The presentation starts promptly at 7:30pm. If you’d like to order food before the event, please arrive early. A full bar and menu is available.

**Due to the popularity of this event, reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee seating.**

This month’s presentation:

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The Superorganisms in your Backyard with Dr. Rachelle Adams

Ants are some of the most successful organisms with 1 out of every five pounds of living matter on the land is ants. Humans fall far short, even with our population growth only account for 1 out of every 100,000 pounds of living matter on land. What makes ants so successful? Part of the answer may be that ants don’t live life by themselves, they live in highly complex colonies that share labor giving them the title superorganism.

Dr. Rachelle Adams studies ants at The Ohio State University.  She works with some local ants but her favorite ants to study are the fungus farming ants of the tropics. You will remember these little ladies from most nature documentaries hauling back pieces of leaves and flowers to feed their fungal gardens. The fungus-growing ants have such a rich natural history and prompt so many fascinating questions from the development of farming, antibiotic use and social parasites. With her lab think a lot about how traits evolve complex behaviors and communication skills in symbiotic interactions. To answer these questions she travels to Panama to collect fungus-growing ant species.