Research - Publications - Lab members and collaborators


Sean O'Donnell

Professor of Biodiversity Earth & Environmental Science (BEES)


Professor of Biology

Drexel University

PISB 321, 3245 Chestunt Street, Philadelphia PA 19104


GoogleScholar metrics (4 October 2016)

H-index 29, i-10 index 66, 2887 citations,

101 peer-reviewed research publications


evolutionary neurobiology - social behavior - population biology - community ecology - tropical biology

What's happening in the O'Donnell lab...

Recent press coverage and interviews 

Clips from some of my natural history film work 


Ethology Ecology Evolution (EEE) lunch weekly meetings


Continuing grants:

Eppley Foundation for Research: Development of human-safe insecticides (with Dr. Daniel Marenda)

Wistar-Morris fund: Stable istope analysis of the role of nutrition in division of labor (with Dr. David Velinsky)

Drexel Venture fund grant: Toward developing erythritol as a human-safe insecticide (with Dr. Daniel Marenda)


Current lab members:

Research associate Susan Bulova, PhD

Graduate (PhD) students Kaitlin Baudier, (BEES PhD candidate) and welcome new lab members fall 2016: Meghan Barrett (Biology PhD student) and Katie Fiocca (Biology PhD student)

Undergraduate researchers: Vishakha Hariawala, Iris Nagai


Research projects:

Neuroanatomy and evolution of social insect brain architecture (termites, paper wasps, and army ants) (Bulova, Hariawala, with Barbara Thorne- Univ. of Maryland)

Non-nutritive sweeteners as insecticides (Baudier, with Dr. Daniel Marenda- Drexel Biology)

Thermal tolerances and thermoregulatory abilities of Neotropical army ants (Baudier, Nagai)

Avian social and ecological interactions in army ant exploitation (Arcilla, DeLeon, Driver)

Life-table models for analyzing division of labor in complex systems (with Dr. Mike O'Connor- Drexel)

Biomechanics and evolution of ant larvae (Baudier, with Drexel Materials Engineers Caroline Schauer and Marjorie Kiechel)

Pheromone chemistry of army ants with Bob Vander Meer (USDA/ARS, Gainesville)

Population genetics of the army ant Eciton burchellii (with Tom Soare and Kerry Naish of UWashington)


-See my Youtube video postings! Search for MrEciton


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