social insect integrative biology

kennesaw state university

Our Research

Research in the Penick lab focuses on the evolution and ecological success of social insects (ants, bees, wasps, and termites). Pound for pound, social insects and humans make up the largest animal biomass on dry land and occupy nearly every terrestrial ecosystem. To understand the traits that have facilitated this success, our research takes an integrative approach that combines techniques in ecology, physiology, behavior, and evolution. We work with a broad variety of species from ecosystems that range from remote tropical forests to the sidewalks of New York City.

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in the news

Lab News

  • An article in Quanta Magazine features our NASA-funded research on the structural properties of glass sponges:
  • Zach Peagler and Layne Buttram receive $3,000 Mentor-Potégé award to support research on fire ant antimicrobials


Kennesaw State University

370 Paulding Ave NW

Kennesaw, GA 30144

Lab: SC 350

Office: SC 324

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