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Christian Rabeling is an evolutionary biologist who explores the patterns and mechanisms generating biological diversity. His research focuses on studying the evolution, biogeography, and biodiversity of ants, as well as the evolutionary ecology of symbiotic interactions between ants and other organisms.

Research in the Rabeling Lab is motivated by a love for ants, their complex social behaviors, exciting natural history, and fascinating evolutionary history. Our goal is to solve longstanding questions in evolutionary biology by using ants as study organisms. We address our research questions in an integrative methodological framework. Our research often starts with original discoveries in the field, which we bring to the laboratory for detailed experimental analysis. In the lab, we use molecular phylogenetics & phylogenomics, population genetics & comparative genomics, behavioral experiments & natural history observations, as well as morphological & taxonomic approaches.

Ant photo credit: Alex Wild/alexanderwild.com