Diana Wheeler

Professor, Entomology

My research interests are dominated by the physiological basis of caste differences in social insects, especially ants. Why ants? Some think it may have beenĀ early determination. I am especially interested in the relevance of physiology to both social organization and evolution of insect sociality. My research has included included regulation of oogenesis, storage of proteins by adult workers and queens, mechanisms of sperm storage by queens, and, of course, caste determination.