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


May. Science. Right. Science!! Read it out. Check out this paper.

Apr. Dynamic Equilibrium. Wondering how ant communities change with time?. Well, not that much. Check out this paper.

Mar. Thanks to Nina Farwig and our German counterparts two nice papers come to light. Christine Wallis leads the use to satellites to explore ant diversity; and Yve Tiede delucidates the roles of altitude and temperature in explaining ecosystem fucntion.

Feb. Collaborations are on the rise. Rafael Cardenas, one of the best ecologists within Ecuador, explore extinction scenarios of Yasuni soil fauna. A must read.

Jan. The Global Ant Collaboration reports two major databases, on on the abundance; 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.

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

Time Less

July 2015. Sociobiology publishes the very first list of Ecuadorian ants. You would not believe how many years this was on the works

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!