June 14 – June 20, 2015 This seminar will focus on gaining an overview of the basic taxonomy and ecology of the ants of Maine and New England. We will spend time introducing the skills and methods for collecting and identifying the ant genera and species that are found in the region. Field trips will focus on collecting ants from different natural communities and lectures will emphasize ant identification, collection technique, and ecology. Lab work will be dedicated to identification of ants collected during field trips or brought from home. Proper collection methods and appropriate sample curation and handling will be emphasized. Participants from any background – entomologists, graduate students, managers, or excited naturalists – are all encouraged to attend.