A Field Guide to the Ants of New England
[ New names for old ants: taxonomic and nomenclatural changes ]
- "This ground-breaking field guide not only contributes to our basic knowledge of ants, but places the ants of New England within reach of those interested in the natural history of the region."—Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
- “This goes beyond any ant book that has come before it and puts it in line with the popular and best bird books on the market….readable and easy to use by non-experts.”—Sean Menke, Lake Forest College
- “…a great combination of natural history, a little anecdote, and gorgeous inspired figures.”—Michael Kaspari, University of Oklahoma
- “…[Will] appeal to [anyone] interested in insects or natural history in general, as well as those who are truly ant enthusiasts.”—Jane O’Donnell, University of Connecticut
- “This…is phenomenal! …a fantastic job [and] will be very usable for all students. ...I love the natural history and details about all the ants- especially the names! The matrix keys are GREAT and really helpful.”—Katherine Bennett, 5th grade teacher, John R. Briggs School, Ashburnham, Massachusetts
- “The book is wonderful. I never have seen a book with so much information together about biology, ecology, morphology, taxonomy, keys to speciesand pictures. All myrmecologists will want a copy.”—Rogério R. Silva, Museu de Zoologia/USP/Entomologia São Paulo
- "What a gorgeous field guide! Congratulations on such a comprehensive and USEFUL resource." —Joan Herbers, Ohio State University
- "The descriptions for the various Formica species groups are the best I’ve seen, and the drawings throughout are absolutely excellent.” —Adam Clark, University of Minnesota
- "Your field guide is a really fascinating and interesting book. I like the matrix keys, at the beginning of the book and look forward to testing them with specimens. The combination of drawings and photographs provides a useful tool." —Claude Pilon, Entomofaune du Québec
- “What a wonderful addition to the entomological world! There are so many features that make it exceptional: The keys by size on the front flyleaf, the basics of ant anatomy on the back, the arrows on the diagrams, distribution maps, interesting notes on species, the background material and biography. Delightful!.”—Charlene Donahue, Maine Entomological Society, President
- "[The Field guide is] a gateway drug" (to more advanced books on ants, including Journey to the Ants: A Story of Scienctific Exploration by Bert Hölldobler and E. O. Wilson) —Bruce Fellman, in the Naturalist's Journal, Southern Rhode Island Newspapers.
- Publisher's Weekly (27 August 2012)
- "Noteworthy Books" of the Northeastern Naturalist (Fall 2012)
- In the Naturalist's Journal column of the Southern Rhode Island Newspapers (30 November 2012; appears in Narragansett Times, North Kingstown Standard-Times, Chariho Times, Covernty Courier, and East Greenwich Pendulum) [ pdf copy on NEants.net ]
- Riutta, J. 2012. The Well-read Naturalist. December 2012 [ pdf | html direct from The Well-read Naturalist ]
- King, J. R. and J. C. Trager. 2013. Myrmecological News 18: 59-60. [ pdf ]
- Lubertazzi, D. 2013. Rhode Island Natural History Survey, posted January 29, 2013 [ html direct from RINHS ]
- Waltermire, J. 2013. Northern Woodlands 20(1): 68. [ pdf ]
- Anonymous. 2013. Off the Shelf. Harvard Magazine March-April 2013: 16 [ pdf | html direct from Harvard Magazine ]
- Anonymous. 2013. The Green (Quote unquote). Vermont Quarterly Spring 2013: 12 [ pdf ]
- Anonymous. 2013. Spotlight Books, Ecology 94 (3): 770 [ external link ]
In the blogs and on the clouds
- Alex Wild shouts out the Field Guide on Myrmecos [ link to blog posting ]
- In the Gardening blog of boston.com (20 October 2012)
- GrrlScientist in The Guardian (U.K.) (21 October 2012)
- Roberta Gibson highlights the Field Guide on Wild About Ants (17 November 2012)
- Listed in the Yale Alumni Magazine's Output column, September/October 2012 [ link ]
- Press release from the Harvard Forest, 31 October 2012 [ link ]
- Carolyn Johnson writes about the Field Guide in the Boston Globe's Science in Mind blog [ link ]
- Greg Cook does a Q&A with lead author Aaron Ellison for WBUR's News blog [ link ]
- Joshua Brown writes about Inside Ant Nation for the University of Vermont's UVM Today [ link ]
- Patrick Kurp notes the Field Guide in Anecdotal Evidence, May 2, 2013) [ external link ]
Over the airwaves
- Aaron Ellison talks about ants with WBUR's Meghna Chakrabarti on Radio Boston, March 20, 2013 [ listen ]
- Nick Gotelli and Aaron Ellison talk about ants with Vermont Public Radio's Jane Lindholm on Vermont Edition, February 28, 2013 [ listen ]
- Aaron Ellison talks about ants with Mark Moffett, and Gale Ridge on Connecticut Public Radio's Colin McEnroe Show, September 12, 2012, 1:00pm [ listen | written up by Ream Design ]
On the silver screen
- Aaron Ellison talks about how forest ants will respond to climatic change [ watch on the Harvard Forest web site | watch on YouTube ]
- Nick Gotelli and Aaron Ellison talk about experiments on forest ants and climatic change in Emerging Science on Vermont Public Television [ watch on the VPTV website ]
Contact us to schedule an event
- May 24, 2013, 6:30pm: Talk and book-signing at Bruce's Browser bookstore, Athol, MA. [ info ]
- June 15, 2013, 10:00am - 3:00pm: Plant and ant field trip to Wantastiquet Mountain and Indian Pond, Hinsdale, NH. Sponsored by New England Wild Flower Society [ preregistration required: info ]
- June 19, 2013, 4:00 - 5:30pm: Lecture and booksigning at the Albany Pine Bush, Albany, NY, followed by ant foray (6:00 - 7:30pm) along the trails at the Pine Bush [ free, but preregistration required: info ]
- June 22 (rain date, June 23), 2013, 12:00 - 2:30pm: Ant foray at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Amherst, MA
- July 14 - 20, 2013: Short-course on ecology and identification of the ants of New England at the Eagle Hill Institute, Steuben, ME
- October 5, 2013, 11:00am - 2:00pm: Talk, ant-walk, and book-signing at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton, MA
- November 14, 2013: Talk and book-signing as part of the Yale Peabody Museum's Orstrom Natural History Lecture series, New Haven, CT
In the past...
- April 13, 2013, 7:30 - 10:00pm: Workshop on identifying the ant genera of Northeast North America at the annual Northeast Natural History Conference, Springfield, MA
- February 28, 2013, 2:00 - 4:00pm: Talk and book-signing at Dartmouth College's Institute for Lifelong Education, Hanover, NH [ info ]
- February 17, 2013, 1:00 - 2:00pm: Workshop on Designing, publishing, and marketing field guides: from paper to apps at the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting.
- December 3, 2012, evening. Talk and book-signing at the Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA [ photos from the signing]
- December 2, 2012, 1:30 - 3:30pm: Talk and book-signing at New England Wild Flower Society's Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA [ ... ]
- November 29, 2012, 6:00pm: Talk and book-signing at Harvard University's Museum of Natural History, Geology Lecture Hall, Cambridge, MA [ info | highlighted in The Boston Globe's Word on the Street, 13.X.2012 | follow-up story in the Harvard Gazette ]
- November 13: Poster (10:00-11:00am) and book-signing (12:00-1:00pm) at the 2012 meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Knoxville, TN [ event poster (.png) ]
- November 7, 2012, 6:30pm: Talk and book-signing at the Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA [ registration required for this free event ]
- October 26, 2012, 7:00pm: Local authors talk and book-signing at the Pheniehas S. Newton Library, Royalston, MA [ event poster (.png)]
- August 23, 2012: Ant ID session with Passumpsic Naturalists, Lyndonville, VT [ photos | view species list | download incidence data (.csv) ]
- August 5-11: Talk (August 8, 1:30pm) and book-plate (prepublication) signing (August 8, 2:00 - 4:00pm) at the 2012 meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Portland, OR [ photos: The Field Guide on display | Tom Lovejoy buys a copy | Nick and Elizabeth playing in the band ]
- July 14, 2012: Ant foray at Fort Barton, Tiverton, RI [ photos | view species list | download incidence data (.csv) ]
- Follow-up article in the East Bay (RI) Newspapers by Tom Killin Daglish on the ants of Fort Barton [ html from EastBayRI.com | pdf (copy on NEants.net) ]
- July 11 - 13, 2012: Collecting on Block Island, RI with TNC's LEAF interns, and additonal specimens collected July 12 - 30, 2012 by Casey Finch (Yale School of Public Health) [ LEAF students (photo) | TNC cottage (photo) | view species list | download incidence data (.csv) ]
- July 7, 2012: Ant foray with the Athol Bird and Nature Club, Athol, MA [ press release | photo | view species list | download incidence data (.csv) ]
- Images of Ants [ Elizabeth and the E. O. Wilson Lab (ca. 1995) | more ... ]
- Maps - where have New England ant species been collected? [ ...coming soon ]
- The data behind the maps
- The data used in the book (via the Harvard Forest Data Archive)
- New collection records since the book was published [ ...coming soon ]
- Send us your collection records!
- Checklist of the Ants of New England - last updated August 2012 (download the pdf)
Scientific literature [ ...slowly being populated ]
- Drummond, F. A., A. M. Ellison, E. Groden, and G. D. Ouellette. 2012. The ants (Formicidae). Pages 29-35 in D. S. Chandler, D. Manski, C. Donahue, and A. Alyokhin, editors. Biodiversity of the Schoodic Peninsula: results of the insect and arachnid bioblitzes at the Schoodic District of Acadia National Park, Maine. Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 206.
[ Full Text (entire Technical Bulletin in pdf) ]
- Ellison, A. M. 2012. Out of Oz: Opportunities and challenges for using ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) as biological indicators in north-temperate cold biomes. Myrmecological News 17: 105-119.
[ Abstract | Full Text (from Harvard's Preprint Archive) | Reprint (pdf as published - non-printable) ]
- Ellison, A. M. 2012. The ants of Nantucket: undexpectedly high biodiversity in an anthropogenic landscape. Northeastern Naturalist 19(Special Issue 6): 43-66.
[ Abstract | Full Text (from Harvard's Preprint Archive) | Reprint (pdf as published) | Data (via Harvard Forest Data Catalog ]
- AntWeb - databases and images of ants of the world.
- AntBase - Current nomenclature and links to the original taxonomic literature.
- AntWiki - Bringing ants to the world
- The Global Ant Project - Biographies of ant taxonomists, interactive keys to ant genera of the world, current version of Barry Bolton's Synopsis of the Formicidae and Catalogue of Ants of the World, and additional web resources.
- Ant Macroecology - A project to bring together ant ecologists and evolutioanry biologists studying distribution and abundance of ants and how they might respond to global climatic changes.
- The Ant Course - An annual course for systematists, ecologists, conservation biologists, students of animal behavior, and anyone else who needs to learn more about ant taxonomy and field research.
- Bugguide - An online community of naturalists interested in invertebrates; can help identify species from photos.
- DiscoverLife - Free on-line tools to learn and teach about life on Earth, help identify species, report observations, and create distribution maps.
- Encyclopedia of Life - Species pages for the biodiversity of the world.
- School of Ants - An international project helping children and K-12 teachers explore urban biodiversity in their own back yards.
- Myrmecos - Alex Wild blogs on insects, science, and photography
Last updated 25 March 2013