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About the authors: Gary Alpert

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Gary D. Alpert is an environmental biologist recently retired from the Environmental Health and Safety Department at Harvard University and a research associate of Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1981 for his research on social insects. Gary has been conducting field studies on the ants of New England since 1990. He has photographed many ant species in the field using Canon digital cameras and the extraordinary 65 mm 5:1 macro lens. During the past decade, Gary has developed a digital imaging system for close-up three-dimensional images under a microscope, creating high-resolution images of ants. Gary and others have discovered several new state and regional records of ants during this period. Gary is also very interested in the behavioral ecology of other insects that live inside the ant nests, especially Microdon, and he is the lead researcher on the Navajo Ant Project. He is the author (with Barry Bolton, Piotr Naskrecki, and Phil Ward) of the revised Bolton’s Catalogue of Ants of the World: 1758–2005 (published by Harvard/Belknap).

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