Research - Publications - Lab members and collaborators

Sean O'Donnell

Professor and Associate Department Head,

Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science (BEES)

and Professor of Biology

Drexel University

PISB 321, 3245 Chestunt Street, Philadelphia PA 19104


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

What's happening in the O'Donnell lab...
 Continuing grants:

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

National Geographic CRE: Automated radiotacking technology (EncounterNet) to study bird/army ant interactions in Costa Rica

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

Wistar-Morris fund: Neuroecology and pollination biology of Taiwanese paperwasps (with Tanya Livshultz)

  Current lab members:

Research associate Susan Bulova, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow Nicole Arcilla, PhD

Graduate (PhD) students Kaitlin Baudier

Undergraduate researchers: Vishakha Hariawala, Elisabeth Sulger

Active research projects:

Neuroanatomy and evolution of paper wasp and army ant brain architecture (Bulova, Hariawala, Sulger)

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

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

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)

Brain evolution in antbirds (Thamnophilidae) (Arcilla, with Nate Rice, Academy of Natural Sciences- Ornithology)

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

Volatile compounds produced by army ants with Bruce Kimball (Monell Chemical Senses Center)

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)


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