Benoit Guénard

Curriculum Vitae


 

Department of Biology

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC, 27695-7617. USA

Work phone : 919-513-7462

Email : bsguenar@ncsu.edu


 

Education

2011
(expected)

PhD (Biology) North Carolina State University
Advisor: Dr. Robert R. Dunn
Committee members: Dr. James F. Gilliam, Dr. Jules Silverman, Dr. Andrew V. Suarez, Dr. Edward L. Vargo
Dissertation: Ant diversity, from local to global scales: effects of environmental conditions, community structure and biological invasions.

2006

Master’s degree (Biology) Université du Québec à Montréal
Advisor : Dr. Eric Lucas
Committee members: Dr. Jacques Brodeur, Dr. André Francoeur, Dr. Denis Réale
Thesis: Ant-aphid mutualism and aphidophagous guild associated: the case of furtive predation.

2003

B.S. (Biology) Université du Québec à Montréal

 



Publications

Guénard, B. 2010. Book review: Adventures among ants - A global safari with a cast of trillions by Mark W. Moffett. Integrative and Comparative Biology: doi: 10.1093/icb/icq135.

Guénard, B. and R.R. Dunn. 2010. A new (old), invasive ant in the hardwood forests of eastern North America and its potentially widespread impacts. PlosOne 5(7): e11614. doi:10.1371/
journal.pone.0011614. (PhD thesis chapter)

Guénard, B., M.D. Weiser and R.R. Dunn. 2010. Global generic richness and distribution: new maps of the world of ants with examples of their use in the context of Asia. Asian Myrmecology 3: 21-28. (PhD thesis chapter)

Yashiro T., K. Matsuura, B. Guénard, M. Terayama, R.R. Dunn. 2010. On the evolution of the species complex Pachycondyla chinensis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Ponerinae), including the origin of its invasive form and description of a new species. Zootaxa 2685: 39-50.

Menke S.B.,  B. Guénard, J.O. Sexton, M.D. Weiser, R.R. Dunn and J. Silverman. 2010. Urban areas may serve as habitat and corridors for dry-adapted, heat tolerant species; an example from ants. Urban Ecosystems. DOI: 10.1007/s11252-010-0150-7

Roura-Pascual N., C. Hui, T. Ikeda, G. Leday, D.M. Richardson, S. Carpintero, X. Espadaler, C. Gómez, B. Guénard, S. Hartley, P. Krushelnycky, P.J. Lester, M.A. McGeoch, S.B. Menke, J.S. Pedersen, J. Pitt, J. Reyes, N.J. Sanders, A.V. Suarez, Y. Touyama, D. Ward, P.S. Ward, and S.P. Worner. The relative roles of climatic suitability and anthropogenic influence in determining the pattern of spread in a global invader. PNAS. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1011723108

Weiser M.D., N.J. Sanders, D. Agosti, A. Ellison, A. Andersen, , B. Fisher, H. Gibb, N. Gotelli, A. Gove, K. Gross, B. Guénard, M. Janda, M. Kaspari, J.-P. Lessard, J.T. Longino, J. Majer, S.B. Menke , T.P. McGlynn, C. Parr, S. Philpott, J. Retana, A. Suarez, H. Vasconcelos, S. Yanoviak, and R.R. Dunn. 2010. Canopy and litter ant assemblages share similar climate-species density relationships. Biology Letters. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2010.0151

Dunn, R.R., D. Agosti, A. Andersen, C. Bruhl, X. Cerda, A. Ellison, B. Fisher, M.C. Fitzpatrick, H. Gibb, N. Gotelli, A. Gove, B. Guénard, M. Janda, M. Kaspari, E. Laurent, J.P. Lessard, J.T. Longino, J. Majer, T.P. McGlynn, S.B. Menke, C. Parr, S. Philpott, M. Pfeiffer, J. Retana, A. Suarez, H. Vasconcelos, M.D. Weiser, N.J. Sanders. 2009. Climatic drivers of hemispheric asymmetry in global patterns of ant species richness. Ecology Letters 12:324-333.

Dunn, R.R., N.J. Sanders, M.C. Fitzpatrick, E. Laurent, J.P. Lessard, D. Agosti, A. Andersen, C. Bruhl, X. Cerda, A. Ellison, B. Fisher, H. Gibb, N. Gotelli, A. Gove, B. Guénard, M. Janda, M. Kaspari, J.T. Longino, J. Majer, T.P. McGlynn, S. Menke, C. Parr, S. Philpott, M. Pfeiffer, J. Retana, A. Suarez and H. Vasconcelos  2007. Global ant biodiversity and biogeography: a new database and its possibilities. Myrmecological news 10: 77-83.

 

Book Chapters

Dunn R.R., B. Guénard, M.D. Weiser, and N.J. Sanders. 2009. Geographic gradients in the diversity, abundance, size, and ecological consequences of ants. In: L. Lach C. Parr and K. Abbot, editors, Ant Ecology. Oxford University Press.

Guénard, B. and A. Poitras Lariviere. 2006. La vie en société. In « L’écologie en ville » by C. Messier, L.A. Giraldeau and B. Beisner. Fides. Montréal, Canada.

 

Manuscripts in review

Guénard, B. and J. Silverman. Tandem-carrying, a new foraging strategy in ants: description, function and adaptative significance relative to other described foraging strategies. Submitted to Naturwissenschaften. (PhD thesis chapter)

Weiser M.D., B. Guénard, N.J. Sanders, and R.R. Dunn. Compositional similarity and biogeographic provincialism of ants. Submitted to PlosOne.

Jenkins C.N., A.N. Andersen, X. Arnan, C.A. Brühl, X. Cerda, A.M. Ellison, B.L. Fisher, M.C. Fitzpatrick, N.J. Gotelli, A.D. Gove, B. Guénard, J.E. Lattke, J.-P. Lessard, T.P. McGlynn, S.B. Menke, C.L. Parr, S.M. Philpott, N.J. Sanders, M.D. Weiser, and R.R. Dunn. Exploring the limits to our knowledge of diversity in light of climate change, the case of ants. Submitted to Diversity and Distributions.

Rodriguez-Cabal M.A., K.L. Stuble, B. Guénard, R.R. Dunn, and Nathan J. Sanders. Disruption of ant-seed dispersal mutualisms by the invasive Asian needle ant (Pachycondyla chinensis). Submitted to Oecologia.

 

Manuscripts in preparation

Guénard, B., M.D. Weiser and R.R. Dunn. Predicting global hotspots for new discoveries, an example with a new global database for ants (in preparation for Science). (PhD thesis chapter)

Guénard, B. and A. Lucky. Improved method to collect ground dwelling insects and its implication for large scale comparison (in preparation for Insectes Sociaux)

Guénard, B., and R.R. Dunn. Sociobiology of an unusual invasive ant, Pachycondyla chinensis (in preparation for Biological Invasions). (PhD thesis chapter)

Guénard, B., and T. McGlynn. Experimental demonstration that social parasitism rate is dependant of food resources availability in the neotropical ant Ectatomma ruidum (in preparation for Biotropica).

Guénard, B. and E. Lucas. Furtive predators as exploiters of ant-aphid mutualism (in preparation for Environmental Entomology)

Lucky A., B. Guénard, M.D. Weiser, and R.R. Dunn. Tracing the rise of ants-out of the wet, hot, dirt (in preparation for PNAS)

 


 

Grants and awards

2009 - Best presentation award, Graduate Student Symposium department of Biology ($ 200)

2009 - Grant from the Keck center for behavioral biology

2008 - Best presentation award, Graduate Student Symposium department of Biology ($ 200)

2008 - NSF International research and education: planning: visits and workshops ($ 8484): Understanding the factors that govern invasion (and coexistence), a case study with an anomalous Asian ant*

2008 - Harkema grant, Zoology department, NCSU ($ 650)

2005 - Excellence Grant, UQAM foundation ($ 1500)

*I was lead writer on this grant, on which my advisor, R. Dunn, was officially PI.

 



Professional Membership and Services

Memberships: American and French sections of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Quebec’s Society of Entomology (SEQ), Students representative (2004-2005)

Reviewer for: Biological Invasions, Ecological Entomology, Ecography, Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society, Zoological Studies

 


 

Scientific Meetings (National and International)

2010 - Guénard B., M.D. Weiser and R.R. Dunn. Where are the last frontiers for ant new discoveries? International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Copenhagen, Denmark (poster).

2010 - Invited participant to the Hymenoptera Anatomy Ontology meeting of the Encyclopedia of Life Biodiversity Synthesis Group.

2008 - Guénard B., J. Silverman, and R.R. Dunn. Consequences of a cryptic invasive ant - Local extinctions mediated by behavior? International Union for the Study of Social Insects, breakout meeting, Puerto Rico (oral presentation).

2007 - Invited speaker at the graduate school of Environmental Science, Okayama University, Japan (oral presentation).

2006 - Guénard B., A. Francoeur, É. Lucas. Entretien des colonies aphidiennes par les fourmis, un bénéfice pour les prédateurs furtifs? French section of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects (oral presentation).

2005 - Annual meeting of Quebec’s Society of Entomology (SEQ), Montréal (oral presentation).

2005 - International Organization for Biological and Integrated Control of Noxious Animals and Plants (IOBC) (oral presentation).

2004 - Annual meeting of Quebec’s Society of Entomology (SEQ), Montréal (oral presentation).

2004 - Annual meeting of Quebec’s Society for the Biological Study of Behavior (SQEBC), Sherbrooke (oral presentation).

2003 - Annual meeting of Quebec’s Society of Entomology (SEQ), Québec (oral presentation).

2003 - Annual meeting of Quebec’s Society for the Biological Study of Behavior (SQEBC), Montréal (oral presentation).

 

Scientific presentations (In-House)

2010 - Cardinal-De-Casas A.R., B. Guénard (mentor), and R.R. Dunn. Effects of urbanization on the ant population in the surroundings of North Carolina State University. NC State University Undergraduate Research Symposia.

2009 - Guénard B., T. McGlynn. Nature, nurture and the reason I stole your food. Graduate Student Research Symposium, Department of Biology, NCSU (oral presentation).

2009 - Guénard B., T. McGlynn. Nature, nurture and the reason I stole your food. W.M. Keck Student and Post-doc Symposium, NCSU (oral presentation).

2008 - Guénard B., J. Silverman, and R.R. Dunn. Consequences of a cryptic invasive ant - Local extinctions mediated by behavior?Graduate Student Research Symposium, Department of Biology, NCSU (oral presentation).

2008 - Guénard B., J. Silverman, and R.R. Dunn. Consequences of a cryptic invasive ant - Local extinctions mediated by behavior?W.M. Keck Student and Post-doc Symposium, NCSU (oral presentation).

2007 - Guénard B., J. Silverman, and R.R. Dunn. Survey of a new invasive ant species, Pachycondyla chinensis (Emery), aspects of its distribution, ecology and behaviour. Graduate Student Research Symposium, Department of Biology, NCSU (oral presentation).

2006 - NCSU Social Insect Group (oral presentation).

 


 

Teaching

Course taught (as teaching assistant)

North Carolina State University

2010 - Field Ecology and methods (BIO 460)

2009 - Field Ecology and methods (BIO 460)

2008 - Field Ecology (ZO 495)

Université du Québec à Montréal

2005 - Animal diversity (BIA 1601)

2005 - Methodology in Ecology (BIA 3010)

2004 - Animal diversity (BIA 1601)

2004 - Methodology in Ecology (BIA 3010)

2004 - Statistic (BIA 1601)

Courses developed and taught (as sole instructor)

2010      Ant Taxonomy and Systematics. Ant phylogeny, morphology and identification. Taught in January and October 2010 to students, post-doctoral students and technicians from several departments of NCSU and other universities (12 to 15 participants).

 


 

Training and professional development

Tropical Biology: an Ecological Approach OTS course, January to March 2010. Costa Rica.

Ant course, August 2008, Venezuela: training in ants’ ecology, field collection techniques, systematics and taxonomy.

Introduction to ants’ systematics with Dr. André Francoeur, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada (2004)

 


 

Public Outreach

2010 - Invited speaker at the Audubon Society, Greensboro, NC

2010 - Post docs and graduate students presentation at the Museum of Natural History, Raleigh

2010 - Bug fest at the Museum of Natural History, Raleigh

2009 - Bug fest at the Museum of Natural History, Raleigh

2009 - Wiley Science Night, Wiley Elementary School

2005 - Invited speaker at the Insectarium of Montreal

2004 - Summer Camp supervisor, Biodôme de Montréal

2004 - Outdoor supervisor of Corvée du Mont-Royal, Montréal

2004 - Member of the scientific jury, Sciences Festival, Montréal

2004 - Promotion of entomology and sciences in different schools of Montreal (2004-2006)

 


 

Professional Websites

Ant genera of the world: distribution maps of all extant ant genera. Led by Guénard, in collaboration with Dr. Mike D. Weiser. Design by Neil McCoy. http://www.antmacroecology.org/ant_genera/index.html

Formicidae, Benoit Guénard: Articles, glossary, identification keys and pictures related to myrmecology (in French and English)
http://www4.ncsu.edu/~bsguenar/index.htm 

 


 

International Field Experience

Costa Rica (2008, 2010), Panama (2010), Japan (2007, 2008, 2009), Australia (2007), France (2006), Canada (2002-2006)

Language: French (fluently), English (fluently), Spanish (proficiency)

 


 

Personal Interests

Macro photography: http://www4.ncsu.edu/~bsguenar/Index%20pictures.html
Entomology, sustainable development, ecology, scientific popularization.

Outdoor activities, volleyball