Rice scientists study ants in the Big Thicket after Hurricane Harvey

Rice University ecologists are checking to see if Hurricane Harvey's unprecedented floods gave a competitive boost to fire ants and crazy ants, two of southeast Texas' least favorite uninvited guests. Extreme weather events like Harvey are expected to become more likely as Earth's climate changes and scientists don't understand how extreme weather will impact invasive pests, pollinators and other species that affect human well-being. With support from the National Science Foundation's Rapid Response Research program, Rice ecologists Tom Miller, Sarah Bengston and Scott Solomon, along with their students, are evaluating whether Harvey increased opportunities for invasion by exotic ants.

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