Field Museum of Natural History Department of Zoology Division of Insects 1400 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605 USA Office: (312) 665-7743 FAX: (312) 665-7754 Email: email@example.com
Born: New Orleans, Louisiana; U.S. Citizen
POSITIONS (2008 - Forward) Assistant Curator, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL in the Department of Zoology, Division of Insects.
(2008 - Forward) Faculty Member, University of Chicago, Committee on Evolutionary Biology, Chicago, IL.
(2007 - 2008) Miller Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Berkeley in the Integrative Biology / Environmental Science, Policy & Management Departments working with Drs. Craig Moritz, George Roderick, and Rosemary Gillespie.
EDUCATION (2003 - 2007) Ph.D. Harvard University. Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. Dissertation project on the evolution of ants. Advisors: Drs. Naomi E. Pierce and Edward O. Wilson.
(2000 - 2003) M.A. San Francisco State University /California Academy of Sciences. Biology, Ecology and Systematics. Master’s thesis project on the molecular phylogeny of the ant subfamily Amblyoponinae. Advisors: Drs. Greg S. Spicer and Brian L. Fisher.
(1996 - 2000) B.S. San Francisco State University. Biology, Zoology concentration, Entomology emphasis.
Evolutionary history of the ants (Formicidae).
I am interested in the origin and evolution of species, and in particular, how different factors may influence patterns of diversification. More specifically I am interested in how we can use molecular methods and ant taxa to address these questions.
Teasing apart the factors that have lead to the prolific diversity of the ants is an active line of research in my lab. From the rise of the flowering plants, associations ants have with other insects and plants, to their microbial community are all potential underlying factors that may have facilitated their ecological dominance in almost all terrestrial ecosystems.
Moreover I am also currently pursuing research focusing on understanding biogeographic patterns and historical processes that have shaped distributions of ants in Australia and between the Nearctic and Neotropics.
Ultimately I am interested in teasing apart the evolutionary history of ants and using this information to better understand the broad-scale evolutionary patterns of life.
- Archibald, S.B., Cover, S.P. & Moreau, C.S. 2006. Bulldog ants of the Eocene Okanagan Highlands and history of the subfamily. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 99: 486-523.
- Johnson, R.A., Overson, R.P. & Moreau, C.S. 2013. A new species of seed-harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex hoelldobleri (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), from the Mohave and Sonoran deserts of North America. Zootaxa 3646, 201-227.
- Mezger, D.; Moreau, C. S. 2015. Out of South-East Asia: phylogeny and biogeography of the spiny ant genus Polyrhachis Smith (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Systematic Entomology 0:1-10.
- Moreau, C. S. (2008). Unraveling the evolutionary history of the “hyperdiverse” ant genus Pheidole (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 48(1): 224-239.
- Moreau, C. S. 2009. Inferring ant evolution in the age of molecular data (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecological News 12:201-210.
- Moreau, C. S. 2011. What do molecular clocks tell us about the evolution of ants? American Entomologist 57:52-53.
- Moreau, C. S.; Bell, C. D. 2011. Fossil cross-validation of the dated ant phylogeny (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Entomologica Americana 117(1/2):22-27.
- Moreau, C. S.; Bell, C. D. 2013. Testing the museum versus cradle tropical biological diversity hypothesis: phylogeny, diversification, and ancestral biogeographic range evolution of the ants. Evolution 67:2240-2257.
- Moreau, C. S., Bell, C. D., Vila, R., Archibald, S. B., & Pierce, N. P. (2006). Phylogeny of the Ants: Diversification in the Age of Angiosperms. Science 312 (5770): 101–104 PDF
- Robson, S. K. A.; Kohout, R. J.; Beckenbach, A. T.; Moreau, C. S. 2015. Evolutionary transitions of complex labile traits: silk weaving and arboreal nesting in Polyrhachis ants. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 69:449-458.
- Saux, C.; Fisher, B. L.; Spicer, G. S. 2004. Dracula ant phylogeny as inferred by nuclear 28S rDNA sequences and implications for ant systematics (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Amblyoponinae). Mol. Phylogenet. Evol 33: 457-468 PDF
- Russell, J. A.; Moreau, C. S.; Goldman-Huertas, B.; Fujiwara, M.; Lohman, D. J.; Pierce, N. E. 2009. Bacterial gut symbionts are tightly linked with the evolution of herbivory in ants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106:21236-21241.
- Sarnat, E.M. & Moreau, C.S. 2011. Biogeography and morphological evolution in a Pacific island ant radiation. Molecular Ecology 20: 114-130.