Anna M. Schmidt
Study systems include
Carpenter ants (Camponotus pennsylvanicus, C. castenaus and C. americanus)
Weaver ants (Oecophylla smaragdina, Polyrachis robsonii)
Ophiocordyceps unilateralis (behaviourally manipulating fungi a.k.a. “zombie-makers”)
Pharaoh ants (Monomorium pharaonis)
Schmidt, A.M., Linksvayer, T.A., Boomsma, J.J and Pedersen, J.S. (2011). No benefit in diversity? The effect of genetic variation on survival and disease resistance in a polygynous social insect. Ecological Entomology. 36: 751-759.
Schmidt, A.M., Linksvayer, T.A., Boomsma, J.J. and Pedersen, J.S. (2011). Queen-worker caste ratio depends on colony size in the pharaoh ant (Monomorium pharaonis). Insectes Sociaux. 58: 139-144.
Schmidt, A.M., d'Ettorre, P. and Pedersen, J.S. (2010). Low levels of nestmate discrimination despite high genetic differentiation in the invasive pharaoh ant. Frontiers in Zoology. 7: 20.
I am very interested in evolutionary biology, in animal behaviour especially in the context of host-parasite interactions, and in population genetics. With a background in invasion biology of ants, I see social insects as great model organisms to address a diverse array of questions in evolutionary biology. I am currently working on ant-fungal interactions, investigating how pathogenic fungi affect the survival and behavioural responses of their social insect hosts.