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For Immediate Release: June 3, 2010
Contact: Gina Hebert, 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu

Politics and Perils Of Ant Hunting to be Discussed at Special MBL Associates Lecture, June 11

Adam Lazarus
WOODS HOLE, MA—Adam Lazarus’s passion is, and always has been, ants. Lazarus will explain his fascination with the study of ants, and share stories of ant hunting adventures, at a special MBL Associates community lecture titled "Look Insane, Be Kind, Talk Science: Hunting Ants in the Backwoods and Backyards of North America.” The lecture will be held on Friday, June 11 at 7:30 PM in the Marine Biological Laboratory’s (MBL) Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole. The presentation is sponsored by the MBL Associates and is free and open to the public.

Adam Lazarus is a research assistant who studies ant/bacterial symbioses in the laboratory of MBL senior scientist Jennifer Wernegreen. He describes his presentation as “a showcase of the dazzling ants with whom we share our home, and the complete strangers who have gone out of their way to help collect them.”

Lazarus’s work has taken him through the nooks and crannies of the United States and beyond. Riddled with gripping science, his fieldwork has been a labor of love as well as politics. Often the most scientifically exciting ants live on private land, on the U.S./Mexican border, or in vast federal tracts inhabited by interesting members of society. Lazarus’s fieldwork has made for some hard-won ants, some lifelong friends, and a bucket of interesting stories.

For more information on the lecture, contact the MBL Communications Office at 508-289-7423.


The MBL is a leading international, independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to discovery and to improving the human condition through creative research and education in the biological, biomedical and environmental sciences. Founded in 1888 as the Marine Biological Laboratory, the MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the Americas.

The MBL Associates are a group of individuals and businesses that support the scientific mission of the MBL through their gifts to the Annual Fund. The Associates sponsor educational and research programs for the MBL and raise funds for special projects. In addition, they operate the MBL Associates Gift Shop, located on Water Street in Woods Hole, the profits from which support scientific fellowships.