Ted R. Schultz has worked as a Research Entomologist at the Smithsonian Insitution's National Museum of Natural History for twenty-five years. He received a B.A. in Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1988 and a Ph.D. in Entomology from Cornell University in 1995. He works broadly on the systematics and evolution of ants (Formicidae) but his main research focus is on the phylogenetics and coevolution of the fungus-farming ants and their fungal cultivars. He spends a lot of time in the Neotropics collecting ants and fungi, from which he obtains phylogenomic and diverse other data. Prior to becoming a biologist, he studied computer science, filmmaking, and mixology and worked at numerous odd jobs, including writer, editor, printer, dental technician, waterbed upholsterer, cab driver, and dishwasher.
May 4th, 2020 | 30 mins 41 secs
They’ve been farming for a lot longer than we have, and they are really good at it.