9th International Conference of the Asian Ant Network (ANeT)
The Directors recently attended the 9th International Conference of the Asian Ant Network (ANeT) in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Jonathan Majer gave the plenary address titled ‘Planning for long-term ant studies – a personal perspective’. He also presented a paper titled ‘Is there an ant mosaic in the canopy of tropical rainforests?’ It is necessary to understand this, since ants are important drivers of tropical ecosystems. While there, Jonathan and Mazé visited the Utan Paradise forest camp in the Crocker Range. There, they collected ants and were able to confirm that dominant ants do not form a mosaic in the understory, but they probably do in artificial clearings where light penetrates the forest canopy.
During the conference, Jonathan was invited to joint the editorial board of Asian Myrmecology, a journal dedicated to publishing Asian ant research. All issues of the journal may be accessed at www.asian-myrmecology.org (external website) where all articles may be viewed and downloaded.
Posted: Nov 08, 2013