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Andrew Suarez

Acting Director, School of Integrative Biology; Professor, Entomology

Research Interests

Ant ecology and behavior; biological invasions


B.S. University of Illinois (Ecology, Ethology and Evolution)
M.S. University of Illinois (Biology)
Ph.D. University of California, San Diego (Biology)

Awards and Honors

1997-2000 Canon National Parks Science Scholar
2000 George C. Eickwort Student Research Award (IUSSI)
2001-2003 Miller Research Fellow, Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science
2009-2010 I.C. Gunsalus Scholar, University of Illinois
2010-2012 University Scholar, University of Illinois
2014 Distinguished Visiting Scientist, CSIRO, Darwin, Australia
2015 Department Exective Officer Fellow, Committee for Instructional Cooperation (now Big Ten Alliance)
2017 LAS Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
2017 University of Illinois Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Additional Campus Affiliations

Jeffrey S. Elowe Professor, Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Professor, Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Professor, Entomology
Professor, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
Affiliate, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
Professor, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Recent Publications

Baratelli, E., Tillberg, C., Suarez, A., Menke, S., Naughton, I., & Holway, D. (2023). Variation in Argentine ant (Linepithema humile) trophic position as a function of time. Biological Invasions, 25(1), 133-140.

Booher, D. B., Gotelli, N. J., Nelsen, M. P., Ohyama, L., Deyrup, M., Moreau, C. S., & Suarez, A. V. (2023). Six decades of museum collections reveal disruption of native ant assemblages by introduced species. Current Biology, 33(10), 2088-2094.e6.

Drager, K. I., Rivera, M. D., Gibson, J. C., Ruzi, S. A., Hanisch, P. E., Achury, R., & Suarez, A. V. (2023). Testing the predictive value of functional traits in diverse ant communities. Ecology and Evolution, 13(4), Article e10000.

Gotelli, N. J., Booher, D. B., Urban, M. C., Ulrich, W., Suarez, A. V., Skelly, D. K., Russell, D. J., Rowe, R. J., Rothendler, M., Rios, N., Rehan, S. M., Ni, G., Moreau, C. S., Magurran, A. E., Jones, F. A. M., Graves, G. R., Fiera, C., Burkhardt, U., & Primack, R. B. (2023). Estimating species relative abundances from museum records. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 14(2), 431-443.

Hanisch, P. E., Hanisch, E. R., Blanco, V., Tubaro, P. L., & Suarez, A. V. (2023). Spatial fidelity and uniform exploration in the foraging behaviour of a giant predatory ant. Animal Behaviour, 203, 63-73.

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