My name is Lina Pedraza. I am a PhD student at the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Zoology at the University of Regensburg, Germany. I am currently working on nutrition and evolution of ants. I started in entomology during my bachelor, working as a curator of the Formicidae family at the Natural History Museum of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia). There, I found fascinating morphological, behavioral, and ecological diversity of the ants. Several years after I tried to explore other topics and models in biology research, I returned to my beloved ants doing my master degree between the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Universidade Federal do Paranà (Curitiba, Brazil). As master’s project, I worked on the molecular phylogeny of the Neotropical Crematogaster ants. In this project, I learned about taxonomy and systematics of ants, and I realized that I was lucky to be born in a tropical country and have the opportunity to recognize almost all kind of ants in my country. For my PhD, I decided to go deeper into ant’s world and learn about ecology and behavior to continue exploring the life of ants.
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