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Andrew Suarez


Primary Affiliation

Photoacoustic Imaging


Status Affiliate Faculty

Home Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior

Phone 244-6631



  • Biography

    Andrew Suarez received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. He conducted postdoctoral work at the University of California, Davis and at the Miller Research Institute at Berkeley before joining the University of Illinois in 2003. He has appointments in the Department of Animal Biology and the Department of Entomology. His research program uses ants as model organisms to examine questions in ecology, behavior and biomechanics.

  • Honors

    University Scholar, UIUC, 2010-2012

    Perry Adkisson Distinguished Speaker, Texas A&M University, 2012

  • 2016

    • Belcher, AK, MR Berenbaum & AV Suarez. (2016) Urbana house ants 2.0: Revisiting M.R. Smith’s 1926 survey of house-infesting ants in central Illinois after 87 years. American Entomologist 62:182- 193. doi:10.1093/ae/tmw041.
    • Holley, JC, CM Moreau, J Laird & AV Suarez. (2016) Subcaste-specific evolution of head size in the ant genus Pheidole. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 118:472-485.
    • Larabee, FJ, BL Fisher, CA Schmidt, P Matos-Maravi, M Janda & AV Suarez. (2016) Molecular phylogenetics and diversification of trap-jaw ants in the genera Anochetus and Odontomachus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 103:143-154. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2016.07.024.
    • O’Fallon, S, AV Suarez & AA Smith. (2016) A comparaitve analysis of rapid antennation behavior in four species of Odontomachus trap-jaw ants. Insectes Sociaux 63:265-270. doi:10.1007/s00040- 016-0462-6.
    • Smith, AA, JG Millar, LM Hanks & AV Suarez. (2016) Comparative analysis of fertility signals and sex-specific cuticular chemical profiles of Odontomachus trap-jaw ants. Journal of Experimental Biology 219:419-430. doi:10.1242/jeb.128850.


    • Gotzek, D, HJ Axen, AV Suarez, S Helms-Cahan & D Shoemaker. (2015) Global invasion history of the tropical fire ant: a stowaway on the first global trade routes. Molecular Ecology 24: 374-388. doi:10.1111/mec.13040
    • Hanisch, PE, L Calcaterra, M LePonce, R Achury, AV Suarez, RR Silva & C. Paris. (2015). Checklist of ground-dwelling ant diversity (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Iguazu National Park with a comparison to regional ant faunas. Sociobiology 62: 213-227. doi:10.13102/sociobiology.v62i2.213- 227
    • Larabee, FJ & AV Suarez. (2015) Mandible-powered escape jumps in trap-jaw ants increase survival rates in predator-prey encounters. PLoS ONE 10: e0124871. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0124871
    • Smith, AA, JC Millar & AV Suarez. (2015) A social insect fertility signal is dependent on chemical context. Biology Letters 11: 2014097. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2014.0947
    • Smith, C.R.; Helms Cahan, S.; Kemena, C.; Brady, S.G.; Yang, W.; Bornberg-Bauer, E.; Eriksson, T.; Gadau, J.; Helmpkampf, M.; Gotzek, D.; Miyakawa, M.O.; Suarez, A.V.; Mikheyev, A., How do genomes create novel phenotypes? Insights from the loss of the worker caste in ant social parasites, Molecular Biology and Evolution 2015, 32, 2919-2931.
    • Wills, BD, CD Chong, SM Wilder, MD Eubanks, DA Holway & AV Suarez. (2015) Effects of nutrition on investment in worker number, size, and condition in a polymorphic social insect. PLoS ONE 10: e0132440. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0132440


    • Larabee, FJ & AV Suarez. (2014) The evolution and functional morphology of trap-jaw ants. Myrmecological News 20: 25-36
    • Scholes, DR, AV Suarez, AA Smith, JS Johnston & KN Paige. (2014) Patterns of endopolyploidy and organ function in the giant ant Dinoponera australis. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 37: 113- 126
    • Smith, AA, W Vanderpool, JG Millar, LM Hanks & AV Suarez. (2014) Conserved male-specific cuticular hydrocarbon patterns in the trap-jaw ant Odontomachus brunneus. Chemoecology 24: 29- 34
    • Tillberg, CV, B Edmonds, A Freauff, P Hanisch, C Paris, CR Smith, ND Tsutsui, BD Wills, SE Wittman & AV Suarez. (2014) Foraging and nesting ecology of Dinoponera australis. Biotropica 46: 229-237
    • Wills, BD, CS Moreau, BD Wray, BD Hoffmann & AV Suarez. (2014) Body size variation and caste ratios in geographically distinct populations of the invasive big-headed ant, Pheidole megacephala (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 113: 423-438


    • Scholes, DR, AV Suarez & KN Paige. (2013) Can endopolyploidy explain size variation within and between castes in ants? Ecology and Evolution 3: 2128-2137. doi:10.1002/ece3.623
    • Smith, AA, J Millar, L Hanks & AV Suarez. (2013) A conserved fertility signal despite population variation in the cuticular hydrocarbon phenotype of the trap-jaw ant Odontomachus brunneus. Journal of Experimental Biology 216: 3917-3924
    • Wilder, SM, TR Barnum, DA Holway, AV Suarez & MD Eubanks. (2013) Introduced fire ants can exclude native ants from critical mutualist-provided resources. Oecologia 172: 197-205


    • Berg-Binder, MC & AV Suarez. (2012) Testing the directed dispersal hypothesis: are native ant mounds (Formica sp.) favorable microhabitats for an invasive plant? Oecologia 169: 763-772
    • Huang, D, R Zhang, KC Kim, & AV Suarez. (2012) Spatial pattern and determinants of the first detection locations of invasive alien species in mainland China. PLoS ONE 7: e31734. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031734
    • Phillips, BL & AV Suarez. (2012) The role of behavioural variation in the invasion of new areas. pp. 190-200 (Chapter 14) in Behavioural responses to a changing world: mechanisms and consequences. Canolin, U & BM Wong Eds. Oxford University Press
    • Smith, AA, JG Millar, LM Hanks, & AV Suarez. (2012) Experimental evidence that workers recognize reproductives through cuticular hydrocarbons in the ant Odontomachus brunneus. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 66: 1267-1276
    • Suarez, AV & EL Suhr. (2012) Ecological and evolutionary perspectives on "supercolonies": a commentary on Moffett. Behavioral Ecology 23: 937-938