Date of Award
Master of Science in Integrative Biology (MSIB)
Dr. Clint Penick
First Committee Member
Dr. Todd Pierson
Second Committee Member
Dr. Chih-Chen Hung
My thesis covers the intricacies of ant microsculpture diversity, classification, evolution and function. To do this, the thesis is organized into two chapters. The first chapter is a review of ant cuticle and microsculpture diversity as well as including analyses examining the evolution and lability of microsculpture traits. I then review the literature for functional hypotheses related to ant microsculpture. The second chapter explores the relationship of microsculpture and important morphological, physiological, and ecological traits to evaluate support for functional hypotheses.
Hellenbrand, John Paul, "Ant cuticle microsculpture: diversity, classification, evolution, and function" (2022). Master of Science in Integrative Biology Theses. 80.