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Biology

Chicago Tribune article highlights student-faculty research

A horde of ants on a food-gathering mission descends upon the remains of a Keebler Sandies Pecan Shortbread cookie, breaking off tiny crumbs.

Normally such raids end with a victory march back to an underground labyrinth. But this is no picnic. It’s a science project.

After leaving out the cookie pieces for an hour, Lake Forest College biology student Jeremy Boeing will scoop up all the nearby ants, freeze them overnight and ship them to a North Carolina laboratory for identification.

The collection, carried out near the Museum Campus/11th Street Metra stop amid sniffing dogs and quizzical looks from joggers, is part of a national effort to identify and map the diversity of ants in the U.S.

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