Date of Award

Summer 6-27-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Integrative Biology (MSIB)



Major Professor

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.