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Ant U is an endeavor designed to involve a variety of academic disciplines to engage a broad audience in the wonders of the complex biological systems of army ants and their hundreds of associated species (“guests").

Multiple departments and schools across UConn campuses will be participating in Ant U over the four year life of the grant, each challenged with exploring the idea “Learning from the Miniature Societies of Army Ants.” Their efforts will be guided by three overarching themes: (1) the role of the real, (2) complexity, and (3) informing human culture.

Stay tuned—let’s see what Army Ants and their Guests have to teach us!


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On the Web

Rettenmeyer Army Ant Guest Collection, EEB Biodiversity Research Collections






Ant photography

Paper: Ant Workers Exhibit Specialization and Memory During Raft Formation

Suggested by David Grant, UConn School of Pharmacy


AntU Talk: Advanced Expository Writing (ENGL 3003W)



Gotwald, W.H., Jr. 1995. Army Ants: the biology of social predation: 302 pp. Ithaca, N.Y.


Hölldobler, B. and Wilson, E.O. (1990) The Ants. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Special Event

Public Opening - "Be Our Guest" Exhibit

April 30, 2017

UConn Storrs campus, Bio/Physics building


Members of the public are invited to “Be Our Guest” for the launch of the new exhibit on campus, celebrating the kick-off with special afternoon opening activities. On hand to discuss the project will be Ant U team members, and there will be unique learning opportunities and take-home materials for children and adults who attend. Explore an amazingly complex world and help us launch this unique new exhibit at UConn!.




Undergraduate Course

  Animating Science - DMD 3240

Anna Lindemann, Digital Media and Design Department, School of Fine Arts

Spring Semester 2017

UConn Storrs

For registered UConn undergraduates


In this new course, students delve into work that brings together science and digital media. Based on the idea that digital media can be used to communicate scientific ideas in new and powerful ways, we are thrilled to have Army Ants and Guests provide a theme for their semester.



Undergraduate Course

Advanced Expository Writing - ENGL 3003W

Bruce Cohen, English Department, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Fall Semester 2016

UConn Storrs

For registered UConn undergraduates


Undergraduates in Bruce Cohen's Advanced Expository Writing course consider Army Ants and Guests for their work this fall, with a class primer on the subject provided by Dr. Janine Caira. Creative Writing Program involvement brings much to Ant U, and we look forward to reading and sharing.




Community Event

Cornucopia 2016

October 2, 2016

UConn Storrs. CAHNR main building and green

Free and open to the Public





Professional Forum

UConn Academic Admin Forum

Dr. Janine Caira, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

August 31, 2016

Rome Ballroom, UConn Storrs

For Invited UConn Staff, RSVP


Hosted by the Provost’s Office, administrative professionals from across the University kicked-off the new academic year with a special “guest” presentation by Dr. Janine Caira. Six newly-arrived Big Ants attended the picnic-themed lunch event too.


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