30th September to 4th October • 2019
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Monday - 30th September

Confirm your presence - Accreditation at CAD 1
15:00 - 18:00
18:30 - 20:00 - Opening Ceremony & Keynote Speaker
From ants to startups: basic and applied science towards innovation

Dr. Evaldo Ferreira Vilela - President of Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG)

Tuesday - 1st October

9:00-10:00 - Keynote Speaker I
The noble art of describing names to then ignore them: the challenge of modern myrmecology
Prof. Rodrigo M. Feitosa - Universidade Federal do Paraná - Brazil
10:00 - 12:00 - Oral Presentations
14:00-16:00 – Symposia 
Symposium I
Studying trait evolution in ants using tree thinking

Organizers: Scott Powell

1 - Taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity of Neotropical ant assemblages: a comparison of forests and savannas
Karen Neves - Universidade Federal de Uberlândia

2 - Trees and the evolution of eco-morphological traits: lessons from the turtle ants (Cephalotes)
Scott Powell - George Washington University, USA

3 - Exploring connections between bacterial community and host phylogenetic information: a powerful tool to better understand the evolutionary significance of microbial symbionts in ants 
Manuela de Oliveira Ramalho - Cornell University, USA 

4 - Phylogenomics and the evolution of defensive traits in ants
Benjamin D. Blanchard - University of Chicago & Field Museum of Natural History, USA 
Symposium II
Ants and their ecological roles in human modified landscapes troughout Brazilian biomes 

Organizer: Fernando Augusto Schmidt

1 - Ants and their responses to land-use types at South Brazilian grasslands 
Luciana Regina Podgaiski - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

2 - How does Cerrado heterogeneity affect the ant diversity in different land use systems? 
Antônio Cesar Medeiros de Queiroz - Universidade Federal de Lavras, Brazil

3 - Effects of Atlantic Forest fragmentation on ant communities and their beneficial interaction with plant diaspores
Ana Gabriela Bieber - Universidade Estadual do Sudoeste da Bahia, Brazil

4 - The response of ant assemblages to a gradient of forest cover in southwestern Brazilian Amazon
Fernando Augusto Schmidt - Universidade Federal do Acre, Brazil
Symposium III
Bossless societies: Organization without central control 

Sabrina Amador & Santiago Meneses

1 - How does a generalist ant specialize? Size-independent neurobiological and cognitive mechanisms regulating worker task specialization 
Santiago Meneses - Department of Biological Sciences, The George Washington University, USA

2 - Solitary but not alone: colony effects of having nestmates conflicting while performing a solitary task 
Sabrina Amador - Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama

3 - Soil Nutrients Influence Colony Size and Collective Behavior in the Azteca-Cecropia Mutualism
Peter Marting - Parque das Aves, Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil.
16:00 - 16:30
 Coffee break
16:30-17:30 - Keynote Speaker II
Coevolution of fungus-farming ants and their cultivated fungi
Prof. Ted R. Schultz - National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution - USA
17:30-20:00 – Poster presentations

Wednesday - 2nd October

9:00-10:00 - Keynote Speaker III
Piecing Together the Puzzle to Understand the Evolution of the Ants: Macroevolution to Microbiomes
Prof. Corrie Moreau  - Cornell University - USA
10:00 - 12:00 - Oral Presentations
14:00-16:00 – Symposia 
Symposium IV
Disturbance and ants: patterns and mechanisms

Organizer: Lucas Paolucci

1 - Ant responses to cattle grazing in northern Australia
Alan Andersen - Charles Darwin University, Australia

2 - Quantifying forest degradation with LiDAR: impacts on ant communities
and ecosystem functions

Lucas Paolucci - Universidade Federal de Lavras, Brazil

3 - Plant protection services mediated by extrafloral nectaries in Brazilian Caatinga: the roles of chronic anthropogenic disturbance and aridity

Fernanda Maria Oliveira - Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil

4 - Patterns, drivers and mechanisms of homogenization of multiple facets of ant diversity in the Brazilian Caatinga
Xavier Arnan - Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals, Barcelona, Spain
Symposium V
Ordering chaos: which factors explain the variation in ant-plant mutualisms outcomes?

Organizer: Laura C. Leal

1 - Plant rewards quality modulate ant behavior and the outcome of ant-plant interactions 
Fernanda Vieira Costa - Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ecologia de Biomas Tropicais, Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Brazil

2 - Protein matters: ants are better plant bodyguards in poor-protein habitats
Laura C. Leal- Departamento de Ecologia e Biologia Evolutiva, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil

3 - What can we learn from seed-removal by ants in the Cerrado
Ananza Mara Rabello  - Universidade Federal do Sul e Sudeste do Pará, Instituto de Estudos do Xingu, Brazil
Symposium VI
Advances in studying ant evolution: From amber inclusions to complex symbiotic relationships 

Jeffrey Sosa-Calvo & Emília Zoppas

1 - Evolutionary history of yeast agriculture in fungus-growing ants: a phylogenomic approach
Jeffrey Sosa-Calvo & Emília Zoppas de Albuquerque - Arizona State University, USA

2 - Sympatric versus allopatric speciation: exploring the origins and evolution of social parasitism in ants
Christian Rabeling - Arizona State University, USA

3 - Tools for studying ant invasion biology – population-genetics and phylogenomics meet applied entomology
Andrea Lucky  - University of Florida, USA

4 - Intraspecific communication dampens aggression between Megalomyrmex social parasites and their fungus-growing ant hosts
Rachelle Adams - Ohio State University, USA

5- Homoplasy and heterogeneity in ant evolution: examples and insights from the ant tribe Camponotini
Phil Ward - University of California at Davis, USA

16:00 - 16:30
 Coffee break
16:30-17:30 - Keynote Speaker IV
Ants on plants: untangling the networks with natural history and chemistry
Prof. Dr. Nico Blüthgen - Technischen Universität Darmstadt - Germany
17:30-20:00 – Poster presentations

Thursday - 3rd October

9:00-12:00 - Special Activity
“A tour to an ant nest”
14:00-16:00 – Symposia 
Symposium VII
Bridging societies: possible paths to gather ants, people, and knowledge

Organizer: Carla R. Ribas

1 - Why should we promote myrmecological research for general public.
Lívia Pires do Prado - Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, Brazil 

2 - The Ant and the Grasshopper: New initiatives to foster science outreach
Fabrício Baccaro - Universidade Federal do Amazonas, Brazil

3 - Myrmecology and Citizen Science: Initial Approaches

Renata B. F. Campos - Universidade Vale do Rio Doce, Brazil

4 - What does come to your mind when you think about ants?

Carla Ribas - Universidade Federal de Lavras, Brazil
Symposium VIII
Towards a synthesis of arboreal ant ecological research in the tropics

Organizer: Flávio Camarota and Reuber Antoniazzi

1 -A resource based approach on the study of arboreal ants
Flávio Camarota - The George Washington University, USA

2 - Exploring the ecology of arboreal ants in dry and wet tropical forests
Reuber Antoniazzi - Instituto de Ecología A.C., Mexico

3 - Ants and their ecosystem services in Mexican agroecological systems
Stacy Philpott  - Environmental Studies Department, University of California, Santa Cruz

4 - Three-dimensional distribution of arboreal ant in rainforests and a method to detect ant mosaics
Maurice Leponce - Biodiversity Monitoring & Assessment, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences; Evolutionary Biology & Ecology, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Symposium IX
Morphology Reloaded: conquering the third dimension of ant evolution and biogeography

Organizers: Francisco Hita Garcia and Alexandre Casadei Ferreira
1 - Ghost in the shell: Next-generation phenomics and 3D cybertaxonomy in ants
Francisco Hita Garcia - Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit, Japan

2 - So long, and thanks for all the features: Is the head shape in Pheidole modular and does it predict food preference?
Alexandre Casadei Ferreira - Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil

3 - Mandibular Report: 3D comparative anatomy informs the evolution of ant mandibles as multipurpose tools
Roberto Keller - Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência, Portugal

4 - Altered States: Aculeate Anatomy and the Early Evolution of the Formicoidea
Brendon E. Boudinot - University of California, USA

5- The Arrival: Community assembly through in situ ecomorphological radiation and niche shifts after colonization of an oceanic archipelago
Cong Liu - Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, USA

6 - A morphospace odyssey: Quantifying mandible diversity across the ant phylogeny
Julian Katzke - Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Biodiversity and Biocomplexity, Japan
16:00 - 16:30
 Coffee break
16:30-17:30 - Keynote Speaker V
Science and classroom, a recipe to control urban ants
Prof. Dr. Ana Eugênia de Carvalho Campos - Instituto Biológico de São Paulo, Brazil
17:30-20:00 – Poster presentations

Sexta-feira - 4 de outubro

9:00-10:00 - Keynote Speaker VI
Thinking Big about the Little Things
Prof. Kate Parr  - University of Liverpool, England
10:00 - 11:00 - Apresentação Oral
11:00-12:00 - Keynote Speaker VII
Global changes and the future of Caatinga dry forest: lessons from ants
Prof. Inara Leal - Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
14:00-16:00 – Painéis: Trends and Perspectives in Myrmecology
Panel I
Ecology and interactions

Moderador: Ricardo Solar Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil 

1 - Heloise Gibbs  - La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

Trends and perspectives in trait-based approaches to understanding ant community structure

2 - Heraldo Vasconcelos - Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Brazil

Trends and perspectives from long-term data on ant communities

3 - 
Sérvio Pontes Ribeiro - Universidade Federal de de Ouro Preto, Brazil

Trends and perspectives in Canopy Ecology in times of Ecohealth

4 - Tatiana Cornelissen - Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Trends and perspectives in ant science: global syntheses
Panel II
Systematics and morphology 

Moderador: Scott Powell - George Washington University, USA

1 - Itanna Oliveira Fernandes - Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Brazil

Trends and perspectives in phylogenetics using a multidisciplinary approach

2 - Jacques Delabie - Comissão Executiva do Plano da Lavoura Cacaueira, Brazil

Trends and Perspectives: Crypsis and Integrative Taxonomy in Ants

3 - 
Marcio R. Pie  - Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil

Trends and Perspectives in large-scale ant phylogenetics: towards a complete ant tree of life

4 - 
José Eduardo Serrão - Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil

Trends and Perspectives in ant morphology in the omics era
16:00 - 16:30
 Coffee break
16:30-17:30 - Closing Keynote Speaker
Four predictions for the future of ant communities on a rapidly changing planet
Prof. Michael Kaspari - University of Oklahoma, USA
17:30-19:00 – Cerimônia de Encerramento

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