Bio: Dr. Walter Tschinkel
R.O. Lawton Professor
Florida State University
Department of Biological Science
Walter R. Tschinkel (aka AntMan) has been prying into the lives and secrets of ants for over 40 years, and has revealed much about division of labor and regulation within colonies, competition between colonies, colony life cycles, colony reproduction and the ecological niches of ant species.
He is a world expert on the exotic fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, and published a well-received book, The Fire Ants (Harvard/Belknap Press, 2006).
His recent research has focused on the subterranean nest architecture of ants. His metal casts of ant nests are on display in museums as far flung as Paris and Hong Kong.