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Kaitlin Baudier

Dr. Kaitlin Baudier

Assistant Professor


My lab uses social insects as models to study cooperative physiological adaptations to environmental stressors. We are interested in how individual behaviors and physiologies scale to group strategies, and the adaptiveness of these strategies in different complex environments. Our lab has particular interest in how this relates to thermal macrophysiology (variation in form and function over geographic space), and group-on-group competition in highly social species.

  • PHD - Drexel University (2017)
  • BS - Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (2008)

BSC 201 - General Zoology
BSC 450 - Comparative Animal Physiology

  • Microhabitat and body size effects on heat tolerance: implications for responses to climate change (army ants: Formicidae, Ecitoninae), Journal of Animal Ecology, 2015
  • Weak links: How colonies counter the social costs of individual variation in thermal physiology, Current Opinion in Insect Science, 2017
  • Ambush Predation of Stingless Bees (Tetragonisca angustula) by the Solitary-Foraging Ant Ectatomma tuberculatum, Journal of Insect Behavior, 2018
  • Extreme insolation: Climatic variation shapes the evolution of thermal tolerance at multiple scales, The American Naturalist, 2018
  • Brood Stimulation Hypothesis, Encyclopedia of Social Insects, 2019
  • Changing of the guard: mixed specialization and flexibility in nest defense (Tetragonisca angustula), Behavioral Ecology, 2019
  • Plastic collective endothermy in a complex animal society (army ant bivouacs: Eciton burchellii parvispinum), Ecography, 2019
  • Rain shadow effects predict population differences in thermal tolerance of leaf-cutting ant workers (Atta cephalotes), Biotropica, 2020
  • Incidental interaction among Neotropical army-ant colonies is met with self-organized walls of ants, Myrmecological News, 2020
  • Age-based changes in kairomone response mediate task partitioning in stingless bee soldiers (Tetragonisca angustula), Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 2020
  • International Union For the Study of Social Insects
  • Animal Behavior Society
  • The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation
  • Entomological Society of America
  • English (Native or Bilingual)
  • Spanish (Limited Working)
  • Japanese (Elementary)

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Areas of Expertise

environmental science, social insects, physiological ecology, behavioral ecology, climate change, tropical biology, evolution