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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.
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
Social Insect Research Group
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
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.
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
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
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