Department of Entomology
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-2475
(979) 845-8974

My job centers around providing fire ant colonies to research scientists, graduate students, and post doctoral researchers. This entails locating possible ant collecting sites, contacting county extension agents and landowners to obtain permission to collect the ants, and supervising the actual field collections. Ant colonies are flooded out of the dirt and put into trays. The colonies are maintained and evaluated, and voucher samples are taken prior to experimental use. Researchers may use whole colonies or particular castes or subsets of the colonies. I train and supervise student workers who help feed the ants, cook diet, clean lab ware, and collect data. Overseeing the maintenance of the greenhouse, lab equipment, and lab vehicles are additional duties, as well as ordering supplies and maintaining an inventory list.

I participate in the Education Outreach Program in the Entomology Department. I explain about materials used in rearing ants and other insects and demonstrate methods that we use. I provide colonies and other insects for demonstrations and serve as a contact person for ant information.

BA in Zoology, University of Texas at Austin, 1966
MA in Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, 1970

Greenberg, L.; Vinson, S.B.; Ellison, S.(1992): 9-Year Study of a Field Containing Both Monogyne and Polygyne Red Imported Fire Ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Amer. 85 (6, Nov), 686-695.

Vinson, S.B.; Ellison, S. (1996): An unusual case of polygyny in Solenopsis invicta Buren. Southwest. Entomologist 21, 387-393.

Drees, B.M.; Ellison, S.L. (1998): Collecting and Maintaining Colonies of Red Imported Fire Ants for Study. Fire Ant Plan Fact Sheet, 1-2.

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