Discover how tracking the effects of past climate change on ant DNA can help us better predict which sectors of Earth’s rainforests might be hardest hit by global climate change. This is the third installment in a three-part series of video reports documenting the role of ants in the Australian rainforest and what their DNA can tell us about climate change and conservation priorities.
Dr. Moreau is the Assistant Curator of Insects in the Department of Zoology at The Field Museum. During February through April of 2010, Dr. Moreau conducted an inventory of ant diversity in the Australian Wet Tropics of Queensland. Back in the Museum’s Pritzker Laboratory, DNA sequencing of these ants provided insight into the effects of climate change on species’ diversity.
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