Dr. Fewell’s area of research is the behavioral ecology and evolution of social insects. She is interested in how task organization evolves within insect societies and in the question of how social groups function as self-organizing networks. Her current work focuses on how intrinsic variation in task performance by individual workers affects colony patterns of division of labor. Additionally, she is examining the role of genotypic variation in colony task performance.She is also interested in social insect foraging ecology. Her work in this area examines flexibility in individual foraging decisions, as well as the role of foraging energetics and nutrient diversity in foraging strategy.
This week we talk ants with Jennifer Fewell. We talk about social organization, cleanliness, and compare our priorities as human beings to that of insect societies.