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Philip S. Ward
University of California, Davis
67Publications
31H-index
3,217Citations
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Published on Sep 1, 2018
Bonnie B. Blaimer10
Estimated H-index: 10
(NCSU: North Carolina State University),
Philip S. Ward31
Estimated H-index: 31
(UC Davis: University of California, Davis)
+ 2 AuthorsSeán G. Brady29
Estimated H-index: 29
(National Museum of Natural History)
3 Citations Source Cite
Published on May 1, 2018in Ecology 4.62
Sean B. Menke14
Estimated H-index: 14
(Lake Forest College),
Philip S. Ward31
Estimated H-index: 31
(UC Davis: University of California, Davis),
David A. Holway37
Estimated H-index: 37
(UCSD: University of California, San Diego)
1 Citations Source Cite
Published on Jan 1, 2017in Myrmecological News 1.84
Jacobus J. Boomsma62
Estimated H-index: 62
(UCPH: University of Copenhagen),
Seán G. Brady29
Estimated H-index: 29
(Smithsonian Institution)
+ 11 AuthorsTed R. Schultz33
Estimated H-index: 33
(Smithsonian Institution)
6 Citations
Published on Jun 1, 2017in Methods in Ecology and Evolution 6.36
Michael G. Branstetter11
Estimated H-index: 11
(UofU: University of Utah),
John T. Longino28
Estimated H-index: 28
(UofU: University of Utah)
+ 1 AuthorsBrant C. Faircloth30
Estimated H-index: 30
(LSU: Louisiana State University)
Summary Targeted enrichment of conserved genomic regions (e.g. ultraconserved elements or UCEs) has emerged as a promising tool for inferring evolutionary history in many organismal groups. Because the UCE approach is still relatively new, much remains to be learned about how best to identify UCE loci and design baits to enrich them. We test an updated UCE identification and bait design workflow for the insect order Hymenoptera, with a particular focus on ants. The new strategy augments a previo...
29 Citations Source Cite
Published on Apr 1, 2017in Current Biology 9.25
Michael G. Branstetter11
Estimated H-index: 11
(UofU: University of Utah),
Bryan N. Danforth42
Estimated H-index: 42
(Cornell University)
+ 6 AuthorsSeán G. Brady29
Estimated H-index: 29
(National Museum of Natural History)
Summary The stinging wasps (Hymenoptera: Aculeata) are an extremely diverse lineage of hymenopteran insects, encompassing over 70,000 described species and a diversity of life history traits, including ectoparasitism, cleptoparasitism, predation, pollen feeding (bees [Anthophila] and Masarinae), and eusociality (social vespid wasps, ants, and some bees) [1]. The most well-studied lineages of Aculeata are the ants, which are ecologically dominant in most terrestrial ecosystems [2], and the bees, ...
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Published on Mar 15, 2017
Philip S. Ward31
Estimated H-index: 31
(UC: University of California),
Michael G. Branstetter11
Estimated H-index: 11
(UofU: University of Utah)
Phylogenetic and biogeographic analyses can enhance our understanding of multispecies interactions by placing the origin and evolution of such interactions in a temporal and geographical context. We use a phylogenomic approach—ultraconserved element sequence capture—to investigate the evolutionary history of an iconic multispecies mutualism: Neotropical acacia ants (Pseudomyrmex ferrugineus group) and their associated Vachellia hostplants. In this system, the ants receive shelter and food from t...
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Published on Feb 6, 2017in Zootaxa 0.93
Philip S. Ward31
Estimated H-index: 31
(UC Davis: University of California, Davis)
The Pseudomyrmex ferrugineus group contains the Mesoamerican acacia-ants, an assemblage of species that inhabit and protect swollen-thorn acacias ( Vachellia spp.). Recent phylogenetic studies have confirmed the existence of two generalist (dead twig-inhabiting) species that are embedded within the P. ferrugineus group. They are described here as P. evitus sp. nov. (occurring from Mexico to Costa Rica) and P. feralis sp. nov. (Guatemala). The morphological definition of the P. ferrugineus group ...
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Published on Nov 1, 2016in Insectes Sociaux 1.68
Philip S. Ward31
Estimated H-index: 31
(UC: University of California),
Seán G. Brady29
Estimated H-index: 29
(Smithsonian Institution)
+ 1 AuthorsTed R. Schultz33
Estimated H-index: 33
(UC: University of California)
5 Citations Source Cite
Published on Aug 10, 2016in bioRxiv
Michael G. Branstetter11
Estimated H-index: 11
(UofU: University of Utah),
Bryan N. Danforth42
Estimated H-index: 42
(Cornell University)
+ 6 AuthorsSeán G. Brady29
Estimated H-index: 29
(Smithsonian Institution)
The importance of taxon sampling in phylogenetic accuracy is a topic of active debate. We investigated the role of taxon sampling in causing incongruent results between two recent phylogenomic studies of stinging wasps (Hymenoptera: Aculeata), a diverse lineage that includes ants, bees and the majority of eusocial insects. Using target enrichment of ultraconserved element (UCE) loci, we assembled the largest aculeate phylogenomic data set to date, sampling 854 loci from 187 taxa, including 30 ou...
5 Citations Source Cite
Published on Jul 1, 2016in Systematic Entomology 4.24
Brendon E. Boudinot3
Estimated H-index: 3
(UC Davis: University of California, Davis),
Rodolfo S. Probst2
Estimated H-index: 2
(USP: University of São Paulo)
+ 2 AuthorsPhilip S. Ward31
Estimated H-index: 31
(UC Davis: University of California, Davis)
Spider ants of the genus Leptomyrmex Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Dolichoderinae) are conspicuous species of Australasian rainforests, with putative fossil relatives in the Neotropics and Europe. There is longstanding debate over the biogeographical history of the genus, with the Palaearctic and Neotropical regions proposed as alternate centres of origin. We propose a resolution of this debate with the recent discovery and analysis of an extant species from central Brazil, L. relictus sp.n., w...
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