jo-anne holley

Jo-anne Holley

PhD Candidate

Department of Entomology

Social insect colonies vary markedly in their organization. I am interested in the evolution of colony structure in eusocial insects and the environmental factors to which they adapt. My research focuses on the morphological adaptations of different ant castes to diet and reproduction, along with queen number and colony spatial range in relation invasive success. I employ phylogenetic tools to account for the shared evolutionary history of a genus when comparing the behaviour and morphology of related species.


Pinter-Wollman, A., Hubler, J., Holley, J., Franks, N., Dornhaus, A. 2012. How is activity distributed among and within tasks of Temnothorax ants? Behavioual Ecology and Sociobiology. 66:1407-1420.

Smith, C. D. et al. 2011. Draft genome of the globally widespread and invasive Argentine ant (Linepithema humile). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 108:5673-5678.

Dornhaus, A., Holley, J. and Franks, N. R. 2009. Larger colonies do not have more specialized workers in the ant Temnothorax albipennis. Behavioral Ecology. 20:922-929

Dornhaus, A., Holley, J., Pook, V. G., Workswick, G. and Franks, N. R. 2008. Why do not all workers work? Colony size and workload during emigrations in the ant Temnothorax albipennis. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology. 63:43-51.