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Andrew Legan

Graduate Student


  • Neurobiology and Behavior


Nestmate recognition, chemical mimicry, gene family evolution, behavioral specialization, and behavioral plasticity. In Mike Sheehan's lab, I am studying chemical communication in Polistes paper wasps using gas chromatography, comparative genomics, and digital tracking. At the scale of millions of years, how do natural selection and random drift shape the evolution of chemical communication in paper wasps? And at the scale of a few months, how does experience shape the chemical and behavioral phenotypes of individual wasps? Pictured next to NBB's trusty gas chromatography-flame ionization detector (GC-FID) @AndrewLegan