Corrie S. Moreau

Corrie Moreau

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Field Museum of Natural History
Department of Zoology
Division of Insects
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605 USA
Office: (312) 665-7743
FAX: (312) 665-7754
Email: cmoreau@fieldmuseum.org

Born: New Orleans, Louisiana; U.S. Citizen

POSITIONS
(2008 - Forward) Assistant Curator, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL in the Department of Zoology, Division of Insects.

(2008 - Forward) Faculty Member, University of Chicago, Committee on Evolutionary Biology, Chicago, IL.

(2007 - 2008) Miller Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Berkeley in the Integrative Biology / Environmental Science, Policy & Management Departments working with Drs. Craig Moritz, George Roderick, and Rosemary Gillespie.

EDUCATION
(2003 - 2007) Ph.D. Harvard University. Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. Dissertation project on the evolution of ants. Advisors: Drs. Naomi E. Pierce and Edward O. Wilson.

(2000 - 2003) M.A. San Francisco State University /California Academy of Sciences. Biology, Ecology and Systematics. Master’s thesis project on the molecular phylogeny of the ant subfamily Amblyoponinae. Advisors: Drs. Greg S. Spicer and Brian L. Fisher.

(1996 - 2000) B.S. San Francisco State University. Biology, Zoology concentration, Entomology emphasis.

Research Interests

Evolutionary history of the ants (Formicidae).

I am interested in the origin and evolution of species, and in particular, how different factors may influence patterns of diversification. More specifically I am interested in how we can use molecular methods and ant taxa to address these questions.

Teasing apart the factors that have lead to the prolific diversity of the ants is an active line of research in my lab. From the rise of the flowering plants, associations ants have with other insects and plants, to their microbial community are all potential underlying factors that may have facilitated their ecological dominance in almost all terrestrial ecosystems.

Moreover I am also currently pursuing research focusing on understanding biogeographic patterns and historical processes that have shaped distributions of ants in Australia and between the Nearctic and Neotropics.

Ultimately I am interested in teasing apart the evolutionary history of ants and using this information to better understand the broad-scale evolutionary patterns of life.

ANT TAXONOMY
PUBLICATIONS

Archibald, S.B., Cover, S.P. & Moreau, C.S. 2006. Bulldog ants of the Eocene Okanagan Highlands and history of the subfamily. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 99: 486-523.

Saux, C.; Fisher, B. L.; Spicer, G. S. 2004.  Dracula ant phylogeny as inferred by nuclear 28S rDNA sequences and implications for ant systematics (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Amblyoponinae). Mol. Phylogenet. Evol 33: 457-468

Moreau, C. S., Bell, C. D., Vila, R., Archibald, S. B., & Pierce, N. P. (2006). Phylogeny of the Ants: Diversification in the Age of Angiosperms. Science 312 (5770): 101–104

Moreau, C. S. (2008). Unraveling the evolutionary history of the “hyperdiverse” ant genus Pheidole (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 48(1): 224-239.

Sarnat, E.M. & Moreau, C.S. 2011. Biogeography and morphological evolution in a Pacific island ant radiation. Molecular Ecology 20: 114-130.

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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