My name is Felix Oberhauser. I am a PhD student at the Animal Comparative Economics Laboratory at the University of Regensburg. I am currently investigating decision making, learning abilities, and reward expectations in the black garden ant Lasius niger. I have been fascinated by ants since my early childhood, often watching the long raiding trails of Formica sanguinea and wondering about their organisation. During my master’s thesis in Costa Rica, I finally found myself in ant wonderland: Long trails of leaf-cutters, golden Camponotus, and large bivouacs of living Eciton army ants. Since then, I have worked with many ant species and especially enjoy observing the
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