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Welcome to the Ward ANT lab

January 26, 2017

December 9, 2020: Site is under construction for updates.


We are a group of myrmecologists who study the taxonomy, evolution, biogeography, and behavior of ants.

In many terrestrial habitats Рespecially those of the lowland tropics Рants rival other arthropods in numerical abundance, ecological importance, and species richness. Our research is concerned with unraveling details about the evolutionary history of ants and attempting to understand the processes that have generated such an extraordinary diversity of form and function. This work entails species-level taxonomy through analyses of phylogenetic relationships, among other topics.

Visit our research pages to learn more about current projects.

Lab address

381 Briggs Hall
University of California, Davis
One Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616

“Recent” lab photos:


Spring 2019: Ward Lab graduate students and undergraduate volunteers. L to R: Darian Dungey, Lohit Garikipati, Jill Oberski, Zachary Griebenow, Brendon Boudinot, Mia Lippey.

The Ward lab on Santa Rosa Island, 2014.

Visit our research pages to learn more about current projects