Virginia Emery

Doctoral Student
  Environmental Science, Policy and Management- Organisms and
B.Sc.  Subject of Specialization in Biology  Queen's University, 2008

137 Mulford Hall #3114
Berkeley, California, United States 94720
  Virginia Emery - portrait

Evolution of social behaviours and colony function

I am interested in the evolution of complex social behaviours in ants, particularly in ant-ant associations. My research focuses on chemical, genetic and behavioural aspects of ant nesting interactions, and how interspecific nesting associations affect the division of labour and colony function.


Chemical ecology of ants

Because insects interpret the world through the chemical lens, chemical aspects of insects are particularly important for understanding aspects of their communication and behaviour. I am interested in the chemical ecology and evolution of ants, particularly the function of cuticular hydrocarbons as it relates to nestmate recognition and behaviour.



Emery V. J., Landry J-F. and Eckert C. G. (2009) Combining DNA barcoding and morphological analysis to identify specialist floral parasites (Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae: Momphinae: Mompha). Molecular Ecology Resources. 9:217-223.

King L. E., Emery V. J., Robertson R. J., Vallender R., and Martin P. R. (2009) Population densities of Golden-winged Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, and their hybrids in eastern Ontario. Ontario Birds. 27:2-22.

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