andy suarez

Andy Suarez

Principal Investigator a.k.a "The Boss"

Associate Professor

Departments of Animal Biology & Entomology

Current Lab Members

eli sarnat

Eli Sarnat

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Entomology

My research focuses on studying the systematics, biogeography and conservation of native Pacific Island ants, and also developing taxonomic resources to help prevent the spread of globally invasive ants. Continue

selina ruzi

Selina A. Ruzi

PhD Candidate

Program in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology

I am generally interested in invasion ecology and plant-insect interactions. Most of my thesis focuses on determining if non-myrmecochorous plants (ie. plants that do not have elaiosome food bodies attached to seeds) engage in ant-mediated seed dispersal and what chemical cues promote this seed-ant dispersal interaction. Most of my current data stems from experiments conducted on Barro Colorado Island (BCI), Panama; however, I also conduct field work in the forest fragments around central Illinois particularly Brownfield Woods and Vermillion River Observatory. Continue

rafael achury

Rafael Achury

PhD Student

Entomology

I have worked with ant ecology, in particular with ants as indicators of diversity and ants as biological invaders. Continue

kim drager

Kim Drager

PhD Student

Animal Biology

I am interested in how ants interact with the soil environment. Continue

josh gibson

Josh Gibson

MS Student

Entomology

My research interests are in ant evolution, specifically the evolution of trap-jaw mechanisms in ants. Continue

michael rivera

Michael Rivera

PhD Student

Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology

I am interested in the ecological and evolutionary drivers of worker morphological variation in social insects. Continue

Recent Undergraduates

newton hood

newton hood

Alumni

Moni Berg-Binder

Suarez Lab Position: PhD Student

Current Position: Assistant Professor

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Joe Laird

Suarez Lab Position: MS Student

Current Position: Research Assistant

University of Iowa

Sara Kantarovich

Suarez Lab Position: MS Student

Current Position: Technical Director

Smithereen Pest Management Services

Joe Spagna

Suarez Lab Position: Post-Doc

Current Position: Assistant Professor

William Paterson, New Jersey

Andrea Walker

Suarez Lab Position: MS Student

Current Position: Freelancer

Jo-anne Holley

Suarez Lab Position: PhD Student

Current Position: Post-Doc

University of Texas, Austin

Fred Larabee

Suarez Lab Position: PhD Student

Current Position: Post-Doc

National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC

Chris R. Smith

Suarez Lab Position: PhD Student

Current Position: Assistant Professor

Earlham College, Indiana

Chadwick V. Tillberg

Suarez Lab Position: Post-Doc

Current Position: Assistant Professor

Linfield College, Oregon

Lori Lach

Suarez Lab Position: Post-Doc

Current Position: Assistant Professor

The University of Western Australia

Dietrich Gotzek

Suarez Lab Position: Post-Doc

Current Position: Post-Doc

University of Georgia, Athens

Bill Wills

Suarez Lab Position: PhD Student

Current Position: Post-Doc

Michigan State University

Adrian Smith

Suarez Lab Position: Post-Doc

Current Position: Head of Evolutionary Biology Research Lab/ Assistant Research Professor

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences/ North Carolina State University, Raleigh

Honorary Lab Members

alex wild

Alex Wild

Academic Scholar

Insect Photographer Extraordinaire

sam beshers

Sam Beshers

Program Coordinator, Neuroscience Program

Research Associate, Dept. of Entomology