Science Lecture Series: The ants of the Northeast: to know them is to love them

50 registrations allowed.
21 people currently registered.


6/19/2013 → 4:00pm-7:30pm


Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center
195 New Karner Road
Albany NY, 12205

Event Type:

Conservation Program
Discovery Center Program

Event Description:

Karner Blue caterpillar and antsScience Lecture Series: "The ants of the Northeast: to know them is to love them"
Wednesday June 19, 2013 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Field visit and ant specimen collection along the trails of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Wednesday June 19, 2013 4:00pm - 5:30pm

To register for the lecture, please click the button on the left.
If you would like to sign up for the field visit, please click here and sign up separately as space is limited to 25 people.

Leader: Grace Barber, Graduate Student

Speaker: Dr. Aaron Ellison, lead author of A Field Guide to the Ants of New England
Ants are the little things that run around your kitchen and backyard while they are running the world. Ants are everywhere, they are beautiful, and they are important to us in many ways. Without ants, plants would not grow as well as they do; ants turn over soil, disperse seeds, and even farm fungus and tend micro-livestock. Ants also have a lot to teach us about the evolution of behavior and sociality. Join Aaron Ellison, Senior Ecologist at Harvard University's Harvard Forest and the lead author of the new Field Guide to the Ants of New England for a lecture and discussion about the diversity of ants in the Northeast's forests, fields, gardens, and homes, and learn more about how important ants are to us and to the world around us. Signed copies of the Field Guide will be available for purchase. Book Signing and Refreshments will follow the lecture

Aaron M. Ellison is the Senior Research Fellow in Ecology at the Harvard Forest, and an Adjunct Research Professor in the departments of Biology and Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He received his B.A. in East Asian Philosophy from Yale University in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Evolutionary Ecology from Brown University in 1986. After post-doctoral positions at Cornell and with the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica, Aaron taught for year at Swarthmore College before moving to Mount Holyoke College in 1990, where as an Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor, and then as Associate Dean for Science, he taught biology, environmental studies, and statistics until 2001. In 1992, Aaron received the National Science Foundation's Presidential Faculty Fellow award for "demonstrated excellence and continued promise both in scientific and engineering research and in teaching future generations of students to extend and apply human knowledge." Following a sabbatical year at Harvard in 2001-2002, Aaron assumed his current position at the Harvard Forest - Harvard's 1500-hectare outdoor classroom and laboratory for ecological research. There, he studies food web dynamics and community ecology of wetlands and forests, evolutionary ecology of carnivorous plants, the response of plants and ants to global climate change, and the application of Bayesian statistical inference to ecological research and environmental decision-making. He has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific papers, dozens of book reviews and software reviews, and the books A Primer of Ecological Statistics (2004; 2nd edition 2012) and A Field Guide to the Ants of New England (2012). Aaron is the Editor-in-Chief of Ecological Monographs, and in 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America.

Pre-registration is required for all events.


Please plan to arrive at least 5-10 minutes before the start of the program to purchase your ticket.
Tickets can also be purchased in advance of the program at the Discovery Center reception desk.
Groups with 8 or more people, please call us for special accommodations.

Note: Programs begin promptly at times listed. Please notify us if you need to cancel your registration so we can open your spot up to the waiting list.

CANCELLATION POLICY: No refunds. It is, however, permissible to send or designate another person to use your program registration.

DIRECTIONS TO APB DISCOVERY CENTER: From I-87 take exit 2W (Rt 5 West, Central Avenue). Follow Rt 5 for about 2 miles then turn left onto Rt 155 (New Karner Rd). Continue on Rt 155 for about 1.2 miles. The Discovery Center is located on the left at 195 New Karner Road. (518)456-0655