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Fire Ants, Crazy Ants & Zombie Ants

OCTOBER 26, 2018

Dr. Rob Plowes

Research Scientist, Integrative Biology
University of Texas


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The red imported fire ant is an invasive species in Texas that can produce life-threatening allergic reactions in people, has major costs to agriculture and causes severe impacts to native fauna. Dr. Rob Plowes shares insights into fire ant behavior and discusses a remarkable biological control opportunity. Dr. Plowes researches one of the fire ant's deadliest enemies - tiny phorid flies, which actually turn ants into zombie-like living incubators for their offspring! He also describes research approaches to other invasive species in Texas. We invite you to join us for a special Halloween celebration. Participate in our costume contest: come as your favorite creature or zombie!

Parking Information: A discounted parking pass ($4) is available for attendees parking at the San Jacinto Garage (2401 San Jacinto) if bought online by Thursday, October 25th at 10 p.m. Please read the full instructions here along with other parking options for the event.

About our presenter

Dr. Rob Plowes

Dr. Rob Plowes

Rob Plowes is an African-raised biologist with interests in biodiversity and conservation. Along with his research into invasive species, Dr. Plowes helps direct at the University of Texas’ Brackenridge and Stengl Field Labs. His approach to science integrates tools from molecules and microbes to communities and landscapes.

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Schedule & Location

October 26, 2018
 
TimeEventLocation
5:30-6:40 PMCool Activities2nd Floor Hallways, Jackson Geological Sciences Building (JGB), UT Campus
7:00-8:15 PMTalkAuditorium (Rm. 1.402), Student Activity Center (SAC), UT Campus

Parking & Directions

Jackson Geological Sciences Building (JGB), UT Campus
The Jackson Geological Sciences Building (JGB) is located on 2305 Speedway Street. Please read the detailed information here for parking options including buying discounted parking passes.    

Student Activity Center (SAC), UT Campus
The Student Activity Center (SAC) is located on UT’s Campus at 2201 Speedway, Austin TX. Please read the detailed information here for parking options including buying discounted parking passes.