Episode #206: The Eusocialist Revolution

March 13, 2019

Eusociality is the highest level of social organization found in nature and is one of the reasons behind the evolutionary success of insects like bees and ants, but also termites. This week, biology master's student Anna Chernyshova takes us through the intricacies of termite society and the novel evolutionary adaptations that have allowed these normally-tropical critters to successful invade Canadian cities like Toronto. Join hosts Yimin and Ariel as we wonder: can eusociality work for us too?

Shoutout from Anna: "Much of my knowledge and fascination with eusociality stems from many insightful discussions with my labmates and supervisor Dr. Graham Thompson, who is an expert in the field of sociobiology with global reputation. I am grateful for his mentorship and emphasis on the big ideas with outside-the-box thinking."

You can dig into more research by Anna at.....

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Anna_Chernyshova3

https://scholar.google.ca/citations?hl=en&user=c_UBRYgAAAAJ

Hosts: Yimin Chen & Ariel Frame

 

Produced by Connor Chato