Sean G. Brady

Sean Brady

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Seán Brady, Curator of Hymenoptera (Ants & Bees)

  • Phone:  301-238-1078
  • Fax:  202-786-2894
  • E-mail Address:  bradys@si.edu
  • Mailing Address:
    Smithsonian Institution
    Laboratories of Analytical Biology
    Museum Support Center
    4210 Silver Hill Road
    Suitland, MD 20746
  • Shipping Address:
    (same as above)
  • Education:

Ph.D. University of California, Davis
Research Interests:

  • Phylogenetics, molecular evolution, and systematics of ants and bees 
  • Social insect evolution and ecology
  • Coevolutionary dynamics, especially in fungus-growing ants
  • Phylogenetic and molecular evolutionary theory and methodology

My research concentrates on increasing our understanding of the origins, diversification, and molecular evolution of social insects, especially ants and bees.  I am particularly interested in applying comparative approaches that incorporate evidence from systematics, ecology, genetics, and genomics in order to address specific questions in ant and bee evolution.

ANT TAXONOMY
PUBLICATIONS

Brady, S.G. 2003. Evolution of the army ant syndrome: the origin and long-term evolutionary stasis of a complex of behavioral and reproductive adaptations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A. 100: 6575-6579.

Brady, S. G., J. Gadau and P. S. Ward. 1999. Is the ant genus Camponotus paraphyletic? Pages 27-28 in Austin, A. D. and P. J. DeBarro. Fourth International Hymenopterists Conference: program and abstracts. International Society of Hymenopterists, Glen Osmond, SA. 96 pp

Brady, S.G., Schultz, T.R., Fisher, B.L. & Ward, P.S. 2006. Evaluating alternative hypotheses for the early evolution and diversification of ants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A. 103: 18172-18177.

Brady, S.G. & Ward, P.S. 2005. Morphological phylogeny of army ants and other dorylomorphs. Systematic Entomology 30: 592-618.

Gadau, J.; Brady, S. G.; Ward, P. S.  1999.  Systematics, distribution, and ecology of an endemic California Camponotus quercicola (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 92(4): 514-522

LaPolla, J.S., Brady, S.G. & Shattuck, S.O. 2010b. Designation of a neotype for Paratrechina currens Motschoulsky, 1863. Notulae Naturae 481: 1-2.

Sosa-Calvo, J., S. G. Brady and T. R. Schultz. 2009. The gyne of the enigmatic fungus-farming ant species Mycetosoritis explicata. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 18(1): 113-120.

Ward, P., and Brady, S. 2003.  Phylogeny and biogeography of the ant subfamily Myrmeciinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Invertebrate Systematics 17(3): 361-386

Ward, P.S. & Brady, S.G. 2009. Rediscovery of the ant genus Amyrmex Kusnezov and its transfer from Dolichoderinae to Leptanilloidinae. Zootaxa 2063: 46-54.

Ward, P.S., Brady, S.G., Fisher, B.L. & Schultz, T.R. 2010. Phylogeny and biogeography of Dolichoderinae ants: effects of data partitioning and relict taxa on historical inference. Systematic Biology 59: 342-362.

REFERENCE

Bolton B, Alpert G, Ward PS, Naskrecki P. 2007. [CD-ROM] Bolton’s Catalogue of the Ants of the World. Harvard University Press.

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