Date of Award

2017

First Advisor

Sarah Snyder

Second Advisor

Erin McMullin

Abstract

The paper below outlines the necessary basics for understanding behavior in ants, specifically the Western Harvester Ant, (Pogonomyrmex occidentalis). The thesis then experimentally investigates the behavioral changes in the species after the introduction of seasonal changes. It was found that the western harvester ants responded in a highly reactionary sense, with no effort made to alter behavior after events transpired, suggesting that an increase in such events, as may be correlated with global warming, could be dangerous to this species.

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