James C. Trager
Missouri Botanical Garden James.Trager@mobot.org 636-451-3512 ext 6002
U. S. entomologist and naturalist. Born 5 September in Washington, D.C. to linguists Edith (Crowell) Trager and George L. Trager. Educated Northern Illinois University (B.S., 1974), University of Kansas (M.A., 1977); University of Florida (Ph.D., 1984). Professional experience: University of Florida, Assistant Research Scientist in Entomology, studying fire ants (1984-1988); University of Missouri-St. Louis, Mo., instructor (1988-1990); Shaw Nature Reserve of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Gray Summit, Mo., Biologist/Naturalist (1991-present), in charge of ecological restoration, vegetation management, natural history education programs, and is liaison to academic researchers (mostly ecologists) who use the Reserve as a field site.
Trager still periodically publishes articles on ant taxonomy (peer-reviewed), and other natural history topics, and instructs at the Ant Course .
Works in progress:
Global revision of the ant genus Polyergus (in preparation)
Ant community assembly in restored glades, with Jon Chase, WUSTL and Nathan Sanders, U. Tenn. Knoxville. (preliminary sampling, designing study)
AntWeb Illinois http://www.antweb.org/illinois.jsp
AntWeb Missouri http://www.antweb.org/missouri.jsp
Deyrup, M. and J. Trager. 1984. Strumigenys rogeri, and African dacetine ant new to the U.S. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Florida Entomologist 67:512-516.
Deyrup, M.; Trager, J.; Carlin, N. 1985. The genus Odontomachus in the southeastern United States (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Entomol. News 96: 188-195.
King, J. R. and J. C. Trager. 2007. Natural history of the slave making ant, Polyergus lucidus, sensu lato in northern Florida and its three Formica pallidefulva group hosts. Journal of Insect Science 7(42): 1-14.
Trager, J. C. and C. Johnson. 1985. A slave-making ant in Florida: Polyergus lucidus with observations on the natural history of its host Formica archboldi (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Florida Entomologist 68: 261-266.
Trager, J. C.; Johnson, C. 1988. The ant genus Leptogenys (Hymenoptera: Formicidae, Ponerinae) in the United States. Pp. 29-34 in: Trager, J. C. (ed.) Advances in myrmecology. Leiden: E. J. Brill, xxvii + 551 pp.
Trager, J.C., MacGown, J.A. & Trager, M.D. 2007. Revision of the Nearctic endemic Formica pallidefulva group (pp. 610-636). In Snelling, R.R., Fisher, B.L. & Ward, P.S. (eds). Advances in ant systematics: homage to E.O. Wilson – 50 years of contributions. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 80: 690 pp.