Kaitlin Baudier

School of Life Sciences
Post Doctoral Scholars
Campus:
TEMPE
Mailcode:
4501

Biography

Kaitlin Baudier is a postdoctoral research associate studying collective behavior in social insects, advised by Ted Pavlic, Jennifer Fewell, and Stephen Pratt. Her research interests include social insect behavior, tropical ecology, and thermal physiology.

Education

2017    PhD, Biological Sciences - Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Dissertation: Microhabitat and elevational patterns in thermal tolerance and thermoregulation of Neotropical army ants (Formicidae: Dorylinae)            

2008     BS cum laude, Biological Sciences - Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

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Research Interests

  • Social insect behavior
  • Tropical ecology
  • Thermal physiology

Research Group

Social Insect Research Group

Publications

Submitted:

Baudier KM, Ostwald MM, Grüter C, Segers FH, Roubik DW, Pavlic TP, Pratt SC, Fewell JH (In Review). Changing of the guard: mixed specialization and flexibility in nest defense (Tetragonisca angustula). Behavioral Ecology.

Baudier KM (In Review). Brood Stimulation Hypothesis. In Encyclopedia of Social Insects, ed. Starr CK. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International

Published:

Baudier KM, D’Amelio CL, Sulger E, O’Connor MP O’Donnell S (2019) Plastic collective endothermy in a complex animal society (army ant bivouacs: Eciton burchellii parvispinum). Ecography. 42(4):730-739.

Strickland LG, Baudier KM, Bowers KP, Pavlic TP, Pippin CP (​2018) Bio-inspired role allocation of heterogeneous teams in a site defense task, ​Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems. In Press

Baudier KM, S O’Donnell (2018). Complex body size differences in thermal tolerance among army ant workers (Eciton burchellii parvispinum). Journal of Thermal Biology. 78:277–280.

Ostwald MM, Ruzi SA, Baudier KM (2018) Ambush predation of stingless bees (Tetragonisca angustula) by the solitary-foraging ant Ectatomma tuberculatum. Journal of Insect Behavior. 31(5): 503–509.

Baudier KM, D’Amelio CL, Malhotra R, O’Connor MP, O'Donnell S (2018) Extreme insolation: climatic variation shapes the evolution of thermal tolerance at multiple scales. The American Naturalist, 192(3):347–359.

O'Donnell S, Baudier KM, Fioca K, Marenda DR (2018) Erythritol ingestion impairs adult reproduction and causes larval mortality in Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies (Diptera: Drosophilidae). Journal of applied entomology, 142(1–2):37–42.

Baudier KM, O’Donnell S (2017) Weak links: How colonies counter the social costs of individual variation in thermal physiology. ​Current Opinion in Insect Science, 22:85-91.

Baudier KM, O’Donnell S (2016) Structure and thermal biology of subterranean army ant bivouacs in a tropical montane forest. Insectes Sociaux. 63(3):467–476.

O’Donnell S, Baudier KM, Marenda DR (2016) Non-nutritive polyol sweeteners differ in insecticidal activity when ingested by adult Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Insect Science 16(1):1-3.

Baudier KM, Mudd AE, Erickson SC, O'Donnell S (2015) Microhabitat and body size effects on heat tolerance: implications for responses to climate change (army ants: Formicidae, Ecitoninae). Journal of Animal Ecology 84(5):1322–1330.

Baudier KM, Kaschock-Marenda SD, Patel N, Diangelus KL, O'Donnell S, Marenda DR (2014) Erythritol, a non-nutritive sugar alcohol sweetener and the main component of Truvia®, is a palatable ingested insecticide. PLoS ONE 9(6):e98949.

Presentations

Talks:

Baudier KM, Fewell JH, Pavlic TP, Pratt SC. Changing of the guard: Task dynamics of stingless bee nest defense in cleptoparasitic environments. International Union for the Study of Social Insects. 5-10 August 2018 in Guaruj�, Brazil

Baudier KM, ODonnell S. Interacting climate scales of army ant thermal tolerance. International Union for the Study of Social Insects. 5-10 August 2018 in Guaruj�, Brazil

Pippin C, Squires E, Baudier KM. Swarming in the presence of adversaries. Workshop: Bio-Inspired Algorithms for Managing Emergent Behavior in Sociotechnical Systems. 14 November 2017 in Tempe, AZ

Baudier KM, ODonnell S. Weak links: Behavioral and physiological implications of thermal tolerance variation within insect societies. Entomological Society of America. 8 November 2017 in Denver, CO

Baudier KM, O'Donnell S. Elevation, site choice, & brood age factors in army ant bivouac thermoregulation. Social Insects in the North-East Regions meeting. 10 December 2016 in Washington, DC

Baudier KM. Social thermoregulation along elevational clines: lessons from a Neotropical army ant. Philadelphia Evolution Group. 10 October 2016 in Philadelphia, PA

Baudier KM, O'Donnell S. Microhabitat, elevation and body size effects on thermal tolerance among Neotropical army ants. International Union for the Study of Social Insects North American Section Colloquium. 24 September 2016 in Orlando, FL

Baudier KM, O'Donnell S. Thermoregulatory responses to thermal clines: Bivouac function across the wide elevational range of a Neotropical army ant (Formicidae: Dorylinae: Eciton burchellii parvispinum) . XXV International Congress of Entomology. 27 September 2016 in Orlando, FL

Baudier KM. La tolerancia t�rmica y la termorregulaci�n de un grupo de hormigas legionarias neotropicales. Reserva Biol�gica del Bosque Nuboso de Monteverde. 25 April 2016 in Monteverde, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Baudier KM, ODonnell S. Geographic patterns of thermoregulation: homeostasis in surface & below-ground bivouacking army ants. Social Insects in the North-East Regions meeting. 10 December 2015 in Scranton, PA

Baudier KM, O'Donnell S. Social thermal physiology: How superorganismal homeostasis confronts elevational thermal clines (Formicidae: Ecitoninae: Eciton burchellii parvispinum). Entomological Society of America National Meeting, 16 November 2015 in Minneapolis, MN

Baudier KM, O'Donnell S. Microclimate and body size affect thermal tolerance among Neotropical army ants (Ecitoninae). Entomological Society of America National Meeting, 18 November 2014 in Portland, OR

O'Donnell S, Marenda D, Baudier KM. Potential of the non-nutritive sweet alcohol erythritol as a human-safe insecticide. Entomological Society of America National Meeting, 17 November 2014 in Portland, OR

Baudier KM. Thermal tolerance in Neotropical army ants: body size, microhabitat & elevational effects. American Entomological Society Monthly Meeting. 26 March 2014. Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, PA

Baudier KM, Austero M, Schauer C, ODonnell D. Evolution of larval adhesive structures in the ant subfamily Ponerinae. Entomological Society of America National Meeting, 12 Nov 2013 in Austin, TX

Baudier KM, Austero M, Schauer C, ODonnell S. The Evolution of Sticky Tubercles in Ponerine Larvae. Social Insects in the North-East Regions meeting, 24 May 2013 in Newark, NJ

Strecker R, Baudier KM, Hooper-Bui L. Effects of a d-Limonine product on leaf-cutting ant Atta texana Entomological Society of America National Meeting, 17 Nov 2008 in Reno, NV

Hooper-Bui L, Wiltz B, Baudier KM. Effect of hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the ant fauna of South Louisiana. XXIII International Conference of Entomology, 6-12 Jul 2008 in Durban, South Africa

Hooper-Bui L, Wiltz B, Baudier KM, Strecker R. Post-Katrina pest ants in south Louisiana. National Conference for Urban Entomology, 17-20 May 2008 in Tulsa, OK

Posters:

Baudier KM, O'Donnell S. Hot bivouacs: Nest thermoregulation in subterranean army ants (Dorylinae: Labidus praedator). Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science Research Day, 10 March 2016 in Philadelphia, PA

Baudier KM. Bivouac warming in Labidus praedator. (wearable poster) Social Insects in the North-East Regions meeting. 10 December 2015 in Scranton, PA

Baudier KM, DAmelio CL. Measuring thermal physiology to predict animal responses to directional climate change. Drexel Research Day, 1 May 2015 in Philadelphia, PA

Khodak P, Sluger E, Baudier KM, Bulova S, ODonnell S. Evolutionary ecology of brain structure in army ants (Formicidae: Ecitoninae). Colonial Academic Alliance Conference, 28 March 2015 in Philadelphia, PA

Baudier KM, Mudd A, Erickson S, O'Donnell S. The weakest link: Body size and species differences in heat tolerance among Neotropical army ants. Drexel research day, 10 April 2014 in Philadelphia, PA

ODonnell S, Baudier KM, Marenda D. The flies had it! A non-nutritive sweetener is a human-safe insecticide (Erythritol). Drexel Research Day, 10 April 2014 in Philadelphia, PA

Baudier KM, Mudd A, Erickson S, O'Donnell D. The weakest link: Body size and species differences in heat tolerance among Neotropical army ants. College of Arts & Sciences Research Day, 18 February 2014 in Philadelphia PA

Baudier KM, Austero M, Schauer C, ODonnell S. Sticky fingers: Evolution and mechanism of larval adhesive structures in ponerine ants. Drexel University College of Arts & Sciences Research Day, 9 April 2013 in Philadelphia, PA

Baudier KM, Hooper-Bui L. Impacts of Flooding on Ant Diversity in Urban and Rural Regions of Southern Louisiana. International Union for the Study of Social Insects North American Chapter Meeting, 5-7 October 2012 in Greensboro, NC

Hooper-Bui L, Lee A, Baudier KM. Maximizing student learning through active learning in entomology: service learning, case studies, and wikis. XXIII International Conference of Entomology, 6-12 July 2008 in Durban, South Africa

Honors/Awards

Research grants & fellowships:

  •  2018-2019      Innovative Post-Doctoral Research Award: Modalities of task specialization in the stingless bee Tetragonisca angustula. School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  •  2016-2017      Claudio Elia Environmental Science & Engineering Fellowship: Using ants to model thermal physiology along tropical temperature gradients. Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
  •  2016               McLean Fellowship for Environmental Science & Ornithology: Multilevel thermal adaptation in Neotropical army ants. Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
  •  2014               Christiane and Christopher Tyson Research Fellowship: Ecological and physiological factors in Neotropical army ant thermal tolerance. Organization for Tropical Studies, San Jose, Costa Rica

Travel awards:

  •  2018               International Union for the Study of Social Insects NAS Travel Award
  •  2016               Drexel University Biology Department Travel Award
  •  2014               Drexel University Graduate Student Organization Travel Award
  •  2013 -2015    Drexel University BEES Dept. Graduate Student Travel Awards 
  •  2007               Louisiana State University Study Abroad Scholarship     

Professional Associations

  • International Union for the Study of Social Insects
  • Entomological Society of America
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
  • Organization for Tropical Studies

Service

Manuscript review:

  • Ecology
  • PLOS ONE
  • Functional Ecology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Biogeography
  • Journal of Insect Science
  • Conservation Physiology
  • Myrmecological News
  • Current Zoology
  • Heredity

Postdoctoral:

  •  2018               Phoenix March for Science, meet-and-greet scientist
  •  2018               Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Ant Day, meet-and-greet scientist          
  •  2017               Entomological Society of America, Annual Meeting, Student competition judge

Graduate:

  •  2016               Women in Natural Sciences (9-12), Academy of Natural Sciences, mentor
  •  2016               Frances Velay Fellowship (undergrad women in science), Drexel/Temple, mentor
  •  2015               Friends School (6-12), Monteverde, Costa Rica, visiting field guide
  •  2015               STEM outreach day (K-12), the Academy of Natural Sciences, guest presenter
  •  2014-2015      Philadelphia Science Festival volunteer (K-12 + families), guest exhibitor
  •  2013-2016     Formal & informal talks with scientists in Costa Rican field sites, visiting speaker
  •  2013-2016      Drexel Students Tackling Advanced Research (STAR) program, mentor
  •  2013-2015      Biology Graduate Student Association, Drexel University, community chair
  •  2013-2015      George Washington Carver Science Fair (grades 4-12), guest judge                        
  •  2013-2014      Mega-bad movie nights, Academy of Natural Sciences, guest exhibitor

Audubon Institute:

  •  2010-2012      Evening black-lighting trips with local families, entomologist
  •  2010-2012      Interactive talks at Orleans Parish Public schools via KIDsmART, guest presenter
  •  2010-2012      Coalition to Restore Costal Louisiana, volunteer

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

  • Graduate - 1 mentee
  • Post baccalaureate - 4 mentees
  • Undergraduate - 16 mentees

Work History

  • 2017-present   Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University. Advisors: Stephen Pratt, Jennifer Fewell, Ted Pavlic
  • 2012-2017       PhD Student, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Drexel University. Advisor: Sean ODonnell
  • 2010-2012       Entomologist, Department of Entomology, Audubon Insectarium, Audubon Nature Institute
  • 2009                Research Associate, Department of Entomology, Louisiana State University. Advisor: Linda Hooper-B�i
  • 2006-2008       Undergraduate Researcher, Department of Entomology, Louisiana State University. Advisor: Linda Hooper-B�i