Ants get a bad rap, but an NAU student researcher is getting them respect for providing clues about environmental change.
Ernesto Rodriguez, a senior in environmental sciences and biology, said the tiny creatures are big indicators of an altered ecology.
“Ants are great for disappearing from an area faster than other species when an ecological disruption occurs,” Rodriguez said. “Certain ants change their distribution if conditions change such as soil chemistry, available food sources and if invasive species are introduced.”
He said the… Read more