Welcome to the Moreau Lab!
Research in our lab focuses on the factors that drive evolutionary diversification. We use ants and other insects to tease apart the factors that influence patterns of evolution – from the rise of the flowering plants, symbioses ants have with other insects and plants, and their gut-associated microbial community are all potential underlying factors that may have facilitated their ecological dominance in almost all terrestrial ecosystems. In addition we are interested in how biogeography, climate change and invasive ants have and will continue to affect the evolutionary processes that generate and sustain high biological diversity in tropical ecosystems and other habitats. Furthermore we are interested in how we can use molecular methods, next-generation sequencing, and comparative genomics to address these questions.
Lab Research Interests
– Evolution and diversification of ants
– Endosymbionts of ants
– Molecular systematics
– Biogeography / Phylogeography
– Ant-plant mutualisms
– Climate change in rainforests
– Molecular clock analysis
– Divergence dating
– Comparative Genomics
– Host-associated microbes
Want to join the Moreau Lab?
Graduate students interested in joining the Moreau Lab are encouraged to contact me and apply to the University of Chicago’s Committee of Evolutionary Biology, where I am a faculty member.
Postdoctoral researchers interested in joining the Moreau Lab are encouraged to contact me to discuss possibilities. There are also volunteer and undergraduate intern opportunities in my lab through the Field Museum of Natural History. Please check here, here, here, here or contact me.