social insect integrative biology

Auburn 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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Lab News

  • Penick Lab opens at Auburn! Come visit us in Funchess Hall 377
  • An article in Quanta Magazine features our NASA-funded research on the structural properties of glass sponges:

Auburn University

Entomology & Plant Pathology

Auburn, AL 36849

Funchess Hall

Office: 346

Lab: 377

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