Dr. Luis Alberto Calcaterra

Title: Dr.

Firstname: Luis Alberto

Lastname: Calcaterra


Institution: Fundación para el Estudio de Especies Invasivas (FuEDEI) CONICET

Address: Bolívar 1559

City: Hurlingham

Prov/State: Buenos Aires

Country: Argentina


Interests: The main interests of research are invasive species, their ecology, genetic and biological control. My research focuses are the invasions of ants, their multidisciplinary study, including their impact upon wildlife and human populations and the use of natural enemies for their control. The goal is to contribute to the understanding of the interactions among invasive ants, their natural enemies (parasitoids, pathogens, and parasitic ants), competitor ants, and environment in their native range in South America in order to decrease their ecological and economic impact and potential global spread. Research is being also oriented to comprehend the evolutionary, ecological, and historical processes responsible for the patterns of distribution and diversity of ants observed in nature using systematic, ecological, and genetic approaches. I am mainly focused on the study of the invasive little fire ant Wasmannia auropunctata and the imported fire ants, Solenopsis invicta and S. richteri in their native southern South America and secondarily on the diversity of ants in regions of Argentina where mainly these two species occur. I am also interested to understand the evolution of adaptive traits related with the invasiveness. The ecological, genetic, and physiological adaptations of invasive ant species widely distributed in southern South America, such the case of W. auropunctata, S. invicta, the Argentine ant Linepithema humile, and the leaf-litter ant Acromyrmex lobicornis, to particular characteristics of their environment (habitat and climate type and disturb level).

Paid membership through: 2014

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