Professor Eldridge S. Adams

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
75 North Eagleville Road, U-43
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-3043  U.S.A.

Office: Pharm/Bio 205A
Phone: (860)-486-5894
FAX: (860)-486-6364
e-mail: eldridge.adams [at]


Research Interests

  • Competition and cooperation among social animals
  • Population ecology of social insects
  • Invasive ants and termites
  • Control of reproduction in insect societies
  • Self-organizing conflicts
  • Territoriality, dominance hierarchies, threat communication

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Selected Publications  

Adams, E.S. and Atkinson, L.  2008.  Queen fecundity and reproductive skew in the termite Nasutitermes corniger.  Insectes Sociaux, in press.

Adams, E.S., Atkinson, L., and Bulmer, M.S.  2007.  Relatedness, recognition errors, and colony fusion in the termite Nasutitermes corniger.  Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 61:1195-1201.

Atkinson, L., Teschendorf, G., and Adams, E.S.  2007.  Lack of evidence for nepotism by workers tending queens of the polygynous termite Nasutitermes corniger.  Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, in press.

Plowes, N.J.R. and E.S. Adams.  2005.  An empirical test of Lanchester's square law: mortality during battles of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta.  Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B. 272:1809-1814.

Adams, E.S.  2003.  Experimental analysis of territory size in a population of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta.  Behavioral Ecology 14:32-37.

Adams, E.S. and M. Mesterton-Gibbons.  2003.  Lanchester's attrition models and fights among social animals.  Behavioral Ecology 14:147-151.

Adams, E.S. and W.R. Tschinkel.  2001.  Mechanisms of population regulation in the fire ant Solenopsis invicta: an experimental study.  Journal of Animal Ecology 70:355-369.

Adams, E.S.  2001.  Approaches to the study of territory size and shape.  Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 32:277-303.

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Education and Professional History

B.A. Biology; Harvard University; 1979 (Thesis advisor: Bert Holldobler)

Ph.D. Zoology; University of California, Berkeley; 1987 (Thesis advisor: Roy Caldwell)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute; 1988-89 (Advisor: Mary Jane West-Eberhard)

Postdoctoral Research Associate; Florida State University; 1989 (with Walter R. Tschinkel)

Assistant Professor; Department of Biology; University of Rochester; 1990-97; Appointed James P. Wilmot Distinguished Assistant Professor

Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology; University of Connecticut; Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor; 1997-Present

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