Fire Ants & Zombie Ants

MAY 15, 2020

Dr. Rob Plowes

Research Scientist,
Integrative Biology, University of Texas

What is the talk about?

Join us for a Hot Science - Cool Talks event from the comfort of your home with Dr. Rob Plowes! 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 researches one of the fire ant's deadliest enemies - tiny flies, which actually turn ants into zombie-like living incubators for their offspring! Enjoy the science and then participate in a live Q&A session with Dr. Plowes.

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.