J. Aidan Manubay

J. Aidan Manubay

Title:
Graduate Student
Email:
jmanubay@gwu.edu

Learning about the astounding diversity of life on earth has been a great passion of mine for as long as I can remember. From attending nature camps as a young child to completing my B.S. in Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland College Park in 2013, my desire to know more about all organisms past and present has shaped a great many of my life choices. My undergraduate research in the Thorne Lab focused on the evolutionarily basal termite Zootermopsis nevadensis, and sought to answer questions surrounding the evolution of a sterile soldier caste in the totally eusocial Isopteran lineage. After meeting with Dr. Scott Powell, I believe my previous research experience lends itself well to the study of eusocial evolution across several taxa. Working with Dr. Powell on problems related to the ecology, morphology, and behavior of ants will broaden the context of my understanding, and provide useful insights concerning, the evolution of eusociality in the myriad diverse corners of the animal kingdom.

Current Research