Research - Publications - Lab members and collaborators

evolutionary neurobiology - thermal physiology - social behavior - community ecology - tropical biology

Sean O'Donnell

Professor of Biodiversity Earth & Environmental Science (BEES) and Biology

Drexel University

PISB 321, 3245 Chestunt Street, Philadelphia PA 19104


GoogleScholar metrics (23 May 2017)

H-index 30, i-10 index 70, 3190 citations

107 peer-reviewed research publications


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


New paper on social insect brain evolution:  Current Opinion in Insect Science


New paper on reproductive suppression of fruit flies by erthritol and Drexel press release


Congratulations! to new PhD Kailtin Baudier- Kaitlin defended in April 2017 and has started a postdoc at Arizona State University  


September 2017 study-abroad course in Costa Rica - ENVS 323 Tropical Field Studies


Recent press coverage and interviews 

Clips from some of my natural history film work 


Continuing grants:

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:

Graduate (PhD) students Meghan Barrett (Biology PhD student) and Katie Fiocca (Biology PhD student)

Undergraduate researchers: Kelsey Capobianco, Natalie Carroll, Annette Kang, Sumaiya Zahid


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 (Barrett, 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)

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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