Magda Sorger

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D. Magdalena Sorger

Post-doc | Dunn Lab

I am fascinated with ants. I study their natural history, taxonomy, distribution, behavior, and life history traits.

My research focuses on trap-jaw ants in the genus Odontomachus that live in the United States and tropical places like Costa Rica, Borneo, and the Philippines. I mainly focus on elucidating their phylogeography and population genetics. I am also interested in broad-scale geographic patterns in functionally relevant and conspicuous ant traits, be they physiological (thermal tolerance), morphological (trap-jaws, spines), or behavioral (drumming). Ants are my life and I love to talk about them and explain my research, especially to non-scientists, as I regard communicating my work to the world around me as an essential part of being a scientist.


Ryan SF, Adamson NL, Aktipis A, Andersen LK, Austin R, Barnes L, Beasley MR, Bedell KD, Briggs S, Chapman B, Cooper CB, Corn JO, Creamer NG, Delborne JA,  Domenico P,  Driscoll E, Goodwin J, Hjarding A, Hulbert JM, Isard S, Just MG, Kar Gupta K, López-Uribe MM, O’Sullivan J, Landis EA,  Madden AA, McKenney EA, Nichols LM, Reading BJ, Russell S, Sengupta N, Shapiro LR, Shell LK, Sheard JK, Shoemaker DD, Sorger DM, Starling C, Thakur S, Vatsavai RR, Weinstein M, Winfrey P, Dunn RR. (2018) The role of citizen science in addressing grand challenges in food and agriculture research. Proc. R. Soc. B. 285(1891):20181977. Link

Madden AA, Epps MJ, Fukami T, Irwin RE, Sheppard J, Sorger DM, Dunn RR. 2018 The ecology of insect – yeast relationships and its relevance to human industry. Proc. R. Soc. B 285: 20172733.

D Magdalena Sorger 2015. Snap! Trap-jaw ants in Borneo also jump using their legs. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 13: 574–575.

Sorger D.M., W. Booth, A. Wassie Eshete, M. Lowman & M.W. Moffett (2017) Outnumbered: A new dominant ant species with genetically diverse supercolonies in Ethiopia. Insectes Sociaux 64: 141-147. DOI 10.1007/s00040-016-0524-9.

MacGown J.A., B. Boudinot, M. Deyrup & D.M. Sorger (2014): A review of the Nearctic Odontomachus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Ponerinae) with a treatment of the males. Zootaxa 3802 (4): 515-552.

Diamond, S. E., D. M. Sorger*, J. Hulcr, S. L. Pelini, I. Del Toro*, C. Hirsch**, E. Oberg, and Dunn RR. 2012. Who likes it hot? A global analysis of the climatic, ecological, and evolutionary determinants of warming tolerance in ants. Global Change Biology 18:448-456. View PDF.

SORGER D.M. (2011): A new ant species from Borneo closely resembling Tetramorium flagellatum, Bolton 1977 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Asian Myrmecology 4:1-7.

SORGER D.M., H.C. WAGNER, F.M. STEINER & B.C. SCHLICK-STEINER (2011): Ameisen (Formicidae): 212-216. – In: WIESBAUER, H., H. ZETTEL, M.A. FISCHER & R. MAIER (eds.). Der Bisamberg und die alten Schanzen – Vielfalt am Rande der Großstadt Wien. St. Pölten, 387 pp.

SORGER D.M. (2011): Redescription and history of Vombisidris jacobsoni (Forel, 1915) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Revue suisse de Zoologie 118(1): 149-155.

ZETTEL H. & D.M. SORGER (2011): New Myrmoteras ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from the southeastern Philippines. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 59(1): 59-65.

& H. ZETTEL (2011): Odontomachus Latreille 1804 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the Philippine Islands. Myrmecological News 14: 141-163.

ZETTEL H. & D.M. SORGER (2010): Three new species of the army ant genus Aenictus Shuckard, 1840 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Aenictinae) from Borneo and the Philippines. Zeitschrift der Arbeitsgemeinschaft österreichi¬scher Entomologen 62(2): 115-125.

ZETTEL H. & D.M. SORGER (2010): On the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the Philippine Islands: V. The genus Vombisidris Bolton, 1991. Entomologica Austriaca 17: 37-44.

SORGER D.M. & H. ZETTEL (2010): Taxonomic additions to the Polyrhachis (Myrma) cyaniventris species group (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien, Serie B, Band 111: 31-36.

SORGER D.M. & H. ZETTEL (2009): Polyrhachis (Myrma) cyaniventris F. Smith, 1858 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and a related new ant species from the Philippines.ZOOTAXA 2174: 27-37.