Ants of Ecuador


Donoso AntLab













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We study tropical ants and our interests are in the interactions between community and ecosystem ecology. Questions we like to answer always go around: Why are there so many ant species in the tropics? What ecosystem functions are they more responsible for? How ants are responding to climate change? We try to answer most of these questions in Ecuador, Panama and Oklahoma.

News Feed


Jan. The Global Ant Collaboration reports two major databases, one on the abundance (Ecology, in press); and the second one on the traits. of ants across the planet


Dec. We in our antlab think images are not enough to describe new species. We repeat, images are not enough to describe new species.

Sep. Selene Báez breaks the printer with two nice additions. The first on explores devil´s gardens in the long run. And the second one compiles all research being done on Climate Change in the Andes

May. After a short step in Cuenca, the Donoso lab moved to Quito, the capital of Ecuador, to the Escuela Politécnica Nacional, home of the best *chulpi-chocho* of Ecuador!, and several good local breweries.


Sep. The Donoso lab moved to Cuenca, to the University of Cuenca, home of the best *motepillo* of Ecuador!, and several good local breweries. A collaborative work with Andrea Castillo, looking at biocrusts in Ecuador sees the print; and Thibaut Delsinne leaves the lab, just before describing two new species of Leptanilloides, which immortalize the Copalinga Reserve and the Prometeo Program. We wish Thibaut and Tania much much good luck, and bon voyage!!

July. Sociobiology publishes the very first list of Ecuadorian ants.

June. An Special Volume on Forensic Entomology in Ecuador, the first of its kind for the country, made possible by the help of Fiscalia General del Estado and managed by Alvaro Barragan and Emilia Moreno at PUCE, sees the printer. Thanks much to the authors of the 9 exciting papers. Our lab contributes with 3 (1, 2 and 3) nice papers.

May. Heloise Gibbs leads 46 of us, myrmecologists, in a nice ProcB paper dealing with global responses of ants to climate. Check it out.

April. Selene Baez, Prometeo Extraordinaire, leaves our antlab in search of greener pastures, not without showing us how andean plant communities change over time published at PLOSOne.

January. Natalie Clay, an old mate at Kaspari's lab, gets to the printer a nice paper in Oecologia. Nice contribution within the Urine-Salt saga. Congrats Natalie!!

Time Less

December 2012. I am moving soon to Loja (home of the best ecuadorian coffee) to join the faculty of the Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja.Plus, I just foud out I got a goverment Postdoc Grant to conduct research on basic biodiversity theory.

May 2012. Got my PhD! And submitted a couple of chapters!

January 2012. Here we go!