D. Magdalena Sorger 2017-09-15T12:58:39+00:00


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.

On the Web

Email: dmsorger@ncsu.edu
Website: The Ant Life
This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Magdalena Sorger

Recent Publications

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2017.2733

D Magdalena Sorger 2015. Snap! Trap-jaw ants in Borneo also jump using their legs. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 13: 574–575. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/1540-9295-13.10.574

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.

Additional Publications

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.

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.

In the Press

Ants With Leaping Ability

The New York times December 1, 2015 – Features the research of D. Magdalena Sorger.

These Ants Can Jump With Their Legs or Jaws

Newsweek December 1, 2015 – Features the research of D. Magdalena Sorger.

The High-Flying Ant With a Bite Like a Bear Trap

National Geographic June 20, 2014 – Features the research of Magda Sorger

Trap-Jaw Ants Spreading in Southeastern United States

NC State News June 18, 2014 – Features the research of Magda Sorger