Seminar

I just presented on The unnoticed splendor of ants AND their use as indicators of successful habitat restoration for the Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes, Greater DuPage Chapter.

[20 October 2016]

In The News

A local Chicago online newsource dna-info just published a short piece about urban ants in Chicago featuring my work with students at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the greater Chicago area.

[27 April 2016]

Seminar

I just presented on The unnoticed splendor of ants AND their use as indicators of successful habitat restoration for the West Cook Wild Ones.

[21 February 2016]

Class Updates

The Community Ecology (Bio373) and Invasion Biology (Bio131) webpages are up to date with their respective syllabi.

[12 January 2016]

Personal Update

I have earned tenure at Lake Forest College and been awarded the title Associate Professor!

[14 December 2015]

Bio220 Update

I updated the Bio220 class website for the start of the new semester.

[27 August 2015]

In The News

WTTW's Chicago Tonight just aired a short reviewing my take on the movie Ant Man.

[23 July 2015]

Seminar

Schuyler Kogan has just presented the results from his Richter research this summer - The Ephermeral Life of Mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum) - at the Richter Symposium.

[17 July 2015]

New Paper Published!

Menke, S.B., E. Gaulke, A. Hamel, and N. Vachter. 2015. The effects of restoration age and prescribed burns on grassland ant community structure. Environmental Entomology, DOI: 10.1093/ee/nvv110.

[15 July 2015]

New Paper Published!

Heloise, G., N.J. Sanders, R.R. Dunn, S. Watson1, M. Photakis, S. Abril, A.N. Andersen, E. Angulo, I. Armbrecht, X. Arnan, F.B. Baccaro, T.R. Bishop, R. Boulay, C. Castracani, I. Del Toro, T. Delsinne, M. Diaz, D.A. Donoso, M.L. Enrıquez, T.M. Fayle, D.H. Feener Jr, M.C. Fitzpatrick, C. Gomez, D.A. Grasso, S. Groc, B. Heterick, B.D. Hoffmann, L. Lach, J. Lattke, M. Leponce, J.P. Lessard, J. Longino, A. Lucky, J. Majer, S.B. Menke, D. Mezger, A. Mori, T.C. Munyai, O. Paknia, J. Pearce-Duvet, M. Pfeiffer, S.M. Philpott, J.L.P. de Souza, M. Tista, H.L. Vasconcelos, M. Vonshak, and C.L. Parr. 2015. Climate mediates the effects of disturbance on ant assemblage structure. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 282:20150418.

[27 May 2015]

New Paper Published!

Menke, S.B. and N. Vachter. 2014. A comparison of the effectiveness of pitfall traps and Winkler litter samples for characterization of terrestrial ant (Formicidae) communities in temperate savannas. The Great Lakes Entomologist, 47(3-4):149-165.

[3 March 2015]

Seminar

I just presented on The unnoticed splendor of ants AND their use as indicators of successful habitat restoration as part of the Research Roundup at McHenry County Conservation District.

[15 November 2014]

Seminar

Jeremy Boeing has just presented part of his second thesis chapter - Physical Adaptations to Urban Environments in Ants - at the Argonne Undergraduate Research Symposium.

[7 November 2014]

Lab Member Update

Nicole Vachter has taken on a new position as the Aviculture Intern at the International Crane Foundation.

[1 May 2014]

Senior Thesis Defense

Kaya Cuper successfully defended her senior thesis Ant Diversity on Urban Green Rooftops and was awarded Distinction by her committee for excellence in her thesis and her oral defense!

[15 April 2014]

Class Updates

The Community Ecology (Bio373) webpage has been updated with the answer key for Exam 1.

[19 March 2014]

Class Updates

The Community Ecology (Bio373) webpage has been updated with the information needed for lab projects.

[6 February 2014]

New Paper Published!

Menke, S.B., J. Harte, R.R. Dunn. 2014. Changes in ant community composition caused by 20 years of experimental warming vs. 13 years of natural climate shift. Ecosphere 5(1):1-17.

[18 May 2011]

Class Updates

The Community Ecology (Bio373) and Biology of Extinctions (Bio484) webpages are up to date with their respective syllabi.

[15 January 2014]

Personal Update

Lake Forest College has just awarded me the Gustav E. Beerly, Jr. endowed chair.

[4 September 2013]

Lab Research Updates

Please welcome the two new lab members this year, Manda Gibbs and Alexis Rossanova. Both are Richter Scholars and will be working with me in McHenry County. Jeremy Boeing is returning to continue his work on urban ant communities and Kaya Cuper is returning to continue her work on ant communities on green rooftops for her senior thesis.

[20 May 2013]

Lab Research Updates

We are starting off the summer field season with good news. McHenry County Conservation District has funded us for a third year. This year we will be documenting ant communities in sedge meadows

[19 May 2013]

Bio374 Update

The answer key for the first exam is posted online.

[18 March 2013]

Bio484 Update

The class webpage is up to date with the syllabus.

[15 January 2013]

Bio374 Update

The class webpage is up to date with readings and syllabus.

[15 January 2013]

Biology 220 update

The GIS lab write-up and readings are posted online

[20 November 2012]

Biology 220 update

I have posted the key to Exam 2 on the Bio220 webpage.

[16 November 2012]

Biology 220 update

I have posted pictures from my powerpoint lectures on the Bio220 webpage.

[1 November 2012]

Seminar

Nicole Vachter gave a presentation at the 22nd Annual Argonne Symposium in Chicago about her research on ant diversity restored savannahs.

[26 October 2012]

Seminar

Kaya Cuper gave a presentation at the Cities Alive 10th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference in Chicago about her research on ant diversity on green rooftops.

[18 October 2012]

Biology 220 update

I have posted the key to Exam 1 on the Bio220 webpage.

[10 October 2012]

Biology 220 update

The foraging lab write-up and readings are posted online

[9 October 2012]

Biology 220 update

The The biodiversity lab write-up and reading are online

[20 September 2012]

Invited Seminar

Corrie Moreau at the Chicago Field Museum invited me to give a talk to her lab group on the common ant genera in the Chicago region.

[18 September 2012]

Bio220 Update

I updated the Bio220 class website for the start of the new semester.

[30 August 2012]

In The News

Northwestern University's Medill Reports just featured a short video of Jeremy Boeing and a Chicago citizen collecting ants for the School of Ants.

[2 August 2012]

In The News

Chicago Public Radio WBEZ 91.5 just featured a short piece on our work sampling ants along metra lines for the School of Ants.

[30 July 2012]

In The News

The Chicago Tribune just featured a front page story on the research conducted by my students Jeremy Boeing and Gabe Trujillo, who were working in collaboration with the School of Ants.

[27 July 2012]

Student Blog Update

Jeremy Boeing just had an essay he wrote about working on the School of Ants published for his summer Richter research. Check it out!

[27 July 2012]

Lab Research Updates

I have uploaded all of this years student researcher webpages on my people website. I have also updated some links on my ant keys website

[20 July 2012]

Photography Update

I have uploaded photos from my trip to Hawaii on my pictures website.

[6 April 2012]

Bio374 Update

I have uploaded the key Exam 1 on the class website.

[20 March 2012]

Resources Update

A guide to how to properly use Affect and Effect was added to the How to guides on the Resources webpage.

[24 February 2012]

Bio131 Update

I added the key to the first exam to the class webpage.

[24 February 2012]

Bio131 Update

The class webpage is up to date with readings, schedule and syllabus.

[25 January 2012]

Bio374 Update

The class webpage is up to date with readings, schedule and syllabus.

[23 January 2012]

Bio220 Exam 2 Key

I have posted the key to Exam 2 on the Bio220 webpage.

[9 November 2011]

Biology 220

The ArcGIS lab and reading are online

[7 November 2011]

Bio220 Exam 1 Key

I have posted the key to Exam 1 on the Bio220 webpage.

[4 October 2011]

Kaya Cuper

Kaya presented her Richter research in an invited seminar for the college during Homecoming!

[30 September 2011]

Biology 220

The foraging lab is online

[30 September 2011]

Biology 220

The webpage for this year is online!

[22 August 2011]

The Ants of Illinois

Check out our new on-line key to the Ants of Illinois!

[19 July 2011]

Guest Seminar

Corrie Moreau invited me to give a talk to her lab group on species distribution modeling.

[23 May 2011]

New paper in press

Jenkins, C.N., N.J. Sanders, A.N. Andersen, X. Arnan, C. Bruhl, X. Cerda, A.M. Ellison, B.L. Fisher, M.C. Fitzpatrick, N.J. Gotelli, A.D. Gove, B. Guénard, J.E. Lattke, J. Lessard, T.P. McGlynn, S.B. Menke, C.L. Parr, S.M. Philpott, H.L. Vasconcelos, M.D. Weiser, R.R. Dunn. In Press. Global diversity in light of climate change: the case of ants. Diversity and Distributions.

[18 May 2011]

Photography updates

I have uploaded the photos from Colorado to my to my photo website.

[2 May 2011]

Bio374

I have uploaded the answers for your second exam to the Bio374 Class site.

[1 May 2011]

Bio131

I have uploaded the answers for your third exam to the Bio131 Class site.

[1 May 2011]

Photography updates

I have uploaded the photos from Costa Rica to my to my photo website.

[26 April 2011]

Bio131

I have uploaded the answers for your second exam to the Bio131 Class site.

[6 April 2011]

Bio374

I have uploaded the answers for your first exam to the Bio374 Class site.

[14 March 2011]

Bio131

I have uploaded the answers for your first exam to the Bio131 Class site.

[18 February 2011]

Bio131 and 374 update

Journal club readings for your second assignment have been uploaded to the Bio131 Reading site and the updated class schedule for Bio374 has been uploaded to the Bio374 class site.

[8 February 2011]

Bio131 update

Journal club readings for your first assignment have been uploaded to the Bio131 Reading site.

[26 January 2011]

Bio131 update

Week 2 reading on the Scientific Method has been uploaded to the Bio131 Reading site.

[19 January 2011]