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Sunday - October 22th - 2023
Centro Cultural dos Povos Amazônicos

16:00 - 18:00
Location: Centro Cultural dos Povos Amazônicos
Distrito Industrial I - Av. Silves, 2222 - Crespo, Manaus - AM

18:30 - 20:00 - Opening Ceremony & Keynote Speaker
Location: Centro Cultural dos Povos Amazônicos

Biaporã: Ant Relationship and Classification among the Yepamahsã (Tukano)

Biaporã: relação e classificação de formigas entre os Yepamahsã (Tukano)

Dr. João Paulo Lima Barreto
Núcleo de Estudos da Amazônia Indígena e Centro de Medicina Indígena Bahserikowi
Opening Cocktail

Location: Centro Cultural dos Povos Amazônicos
Distrito Industrial I - Av. Silves, 2222 - Crespo, Manaus - AM

Monday - October 23th - 2023
Manaus Plaza Shopping

9:00 - 10:00 - Keynote speaker I
Location: Rio Amazonas Auditorium
Integrating Morphology, Phylogenomics, and Geography in Ant Systematics

Philip Ward
University of California
10:00 - 12:00 - Round Table I
Location: Rio Negro Auditorium

Conditional outcomes of ant-plant mutualisms: effects of abiotic and abiotic factors

Organizer: Laura Leal

1. Partner Quality as a Context-Dependent Property of Ant-Plant Mutualistic Interactions
Laura Leal - Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)

2.  Impacts of Anthropocene on the Web of Life: Myrmecochory on Focus
Fernanda V. Costa - Universidade de Brasília

3. How Can the Increase in Atmospheric CO2 and Soil Phosphorus Limitation Affect the Relationships Between Ants and Extrafloral Nectaries?
Flávia Santana - National Institute of Amazonian Research

4. Interference Between Mutualisms: The Impact of Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria on Ant-Plant Interactions Mediated by Extrafloral Nectaries
Anselmo Nogueira - Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC)
10:00 - 12:00 - Round Table II
Location: Rio Xingu Auditorium

Back to basics in the era of -omics: A reappraisal of ant natural history

Organizer: Rodolfo da Silva Probst & Marianne Azevedo Silva

1. Replaying Life's Tape: Determinism in Pantropical Ant-Plant Mutualisms
Rodolfo da Silva Probst - University of Utah

2. Natural History Beyond The Field: Can Molecular Data Contribute To Unveiling Organisms’ Ecology And Behavior?
Felipe Ferreira da Rocha - The University of Hong Kong (HKU)

3. Natural History, Fieldwork And Reproductive Biology In Megalomyrmex Ants: Time To Connect The Dots
Livia Pires do Prado - The Ohio State University (OSU)

4. Exploring The Consequences Of Limited Natural History Knowledge On The Understanding Of Ant Community Structure And Interactions
Sebastian Felipe Sendoya - Universidade Federal de Pelotas (UFPEL)
10:00 - 12:00 - Round Table III
Location: Rio Purus Auditorium

Small but powerful: the role of ants in ecosystem functioning

Organizer: Luane Karoline Fontenele

1. Ant Seed Dispersal In Brazil: Research Insights And Future Directions
Luane Karoline Fontenele - Universidade Federal de Lavras (UFLA)

2.  Ants On Flowers: Are Ants Harmful To Pollination?
Amanda Vieira - Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC)

3. Ants Rule The Protein And Carbohydrates Scavenging On Grassland But Not In The Forest
Tiago Fernandes - Universidade Federal dos Vales do Jequetinhonha e Mucuri

4. How Do Ants Contribute To The Top-Down Control Of Insect Herbivores Across Disturbed Habitats?
Lucas Navarro Paolucci - Universidade Federal de Viçosa
10:00 - 12:00 - Round Table IV
Location: Rio Amazonas Auditorium

Wretched ants revealed: evolution in the Ponerinae

Organizer: John T. Longino

1. A Global Overview of Diversity and Evolution of the Ponerinae
John T. Longino - University of Utah

2. Phylogeny and Evolution of Neoponera Emery, 1901 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Adrian Troya - Escuela Politécnica Nacional

3. Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants And Looking At Ants Upside-Down: Taxonomic Revision Of The Neotropical Odontomachus Latreille, 1804
Eder Cleyton Barbosa França - Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR)

4. Taxonomic Revision of Simopelta Mann, 1922 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Ponerinae)
Lais Mizraim Barros - The George Washington University (GWU)
14:00 - 16:00 Oral Presentations (X3)
Download oral presentations program here
16:00 - 16:30 - Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:30 - Keynote speaker II
Location: Rio Amazonas Auditorium

Amazon Ants: Tracking Historical Sampling Trends and Diversity Patterns

Joudellys Andrade Silva
Universidade Estadual do Maranhão
Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi

Tuesday - October 24th - 2023
Manaus Plaza Shopping

9:00 - 10:00 - Keynote speaker III
Location: Rio Amazonas Auditorium

Fostering and Understanding Diversity: Within the Ant Microbiome and our Research Group

Manuela de Oliveira Ramalho

West Chester University

10:00 - 12:00 - Round Table V
Location: Rio Negro Auditorium

Formigando ideias

Organizer: Marília Costa

1. “Formigas Em Cores”: Sharing Scientific Knowledge With A Coloring Book
Marília Maria Silva da Costa - Universidade Federal de Lavras

2. Inside The Nest: Sparking Interest In Ants
Cândida Anitta Pereira Rodrigues - Universidade Federal da Grande Dourados

3. Little Ant Work: Personal Communication Inspiring Scientific Curiosity In The Amazon
Raquel Lima - Universidade da Amazônia (UNAMA)

4. ‘Atiçando o Formigueiro’: Popularizing Knowledge About Ants Through a Podcast
Maria Eduarda de Lima Vieira - Universidade de São Paulo
10:00 - 12:00 - Round Table VI
Location: Rio Purus Auditorium

Ant Conservation and the IUCN Ant Specialist Group

Organizer: Organizador: John LaPolla & Rodrigo Feitosa

1. Nature's guardians in danger: Assessing the conservation status of ants in Brazil's biodiversity hotspots
Rodrigo Feitosa - Universidade Federal do Paraná

2. Endangered Giants: The Concerning Conservation Status of the Dinoponera Ants
Amanda Martins Dias - Universidade Federal do Paraná

3. On Sniffing Out Ants in Trouble: The Role of Revisions
John Lattke - Universidade Federal do Paraná

4. Preservation of the Mercenary ant’s species network
Rachelle Adams - The Ohio State University
10:00 - 12:00 - Round Table VII
Location: Rio Amazonas Auditorium

Trends and Perspectives in Amazon Studies

Organizer: Fabrício Beggiato Baccaro

1. Islanded, but Winged: Adaptations and Dispersal Dynamics of Ants in the Anavilhanas Archipelago

Itanna Oliveira Fernandes - Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia – INPA

2. Exploring Ant Diversity in the Amazon: An Investigation Across Different Typologies

Amanda Batista da Silva de Oliveira - Universidade Federal do Amazonas

3. Discovering Amazonia's Ant Diversity: The Sciants Project
Otávio Guilherme Morais da Silva - Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo

4. Working in the land of ants: Challenges, opportunities and perspectives on ant diversity research in Amazon

Fernando Augusto Schmidt - Universidade Federal do Acre
16:00 - 16:30 - Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:30 - Keynote speaker IV
Location: Rio Amazonas Auditorium

Historical biogeography shapes functional ecology: inter-continental contrasts in savanna ant communities

Alan N. Andersen
Charles Darwin University

Wednesday - October 25th - 2023
Bosque da Ciência & Manaus Plaza Shopping

09:00 - 12:00 - SPECIAL ACTIVITY*
Location: Bosque da Ciência - INPA - Instituto Nacional de Pesquisa da Amazônia 
R. Bem-Ti-VI, s/n - Petrópolis, Manaus - AM, 69060-001

*This activity is an integral part of the symposium program!
InsetAR - use of augmented reality at the XXVI Simpósio de Mirmecologia

Itanna Oliveira Fernandes 
Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia – INPA
UAU - solo performance, percussion and electronics

Lisa Schonberg
I compose+play percussion/electronic music & listen to cryptic insect sound. New Yorker/ Oregonian / sometimes Brazil. PhD student in Electronic Arts.

16:00 - 16:30 - Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:30 - Keynote speaker V
Location: Rio Amazonas Auditorium

Preserving the Past, Illuminating the Future: Leveraging Ant Collections for Taxonomy, Biodiversity, and Evolutionary Insights

Gabriela Procópio Camacho
Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo

Thursday - October 26th - 2023
Manaus Plaza Shopping

9:00 - 10:00 - Keynote speaker VI
Location: Rio Amazonas Auditorium

Taxonomic revival – the next generation of systematists on the front lines of invasion biology

Andrea Lucky
University of Florida
10:00 - 12:00 - Round Table VIII
Location: Rio Negro Auditorium

The iconic Azteca-Cecropia system: multiple benefits, habitat effects and nesmate recognition

Organizer: Ricardo Ildefonso de Campos

1. The Multiple Effects Provided By Azteca Ants To Their Cecropia Host-Plants
Inácio José de Melo Teles e Gomes - Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG)

2. Habitat As a Conditional Factor of Ant-Plant Mutualistic Interaction in the Cecropia-Azteca System
Karine Santana Carvalho - Universidade Estadual do Sudoeste da Bahia (UESB)

3. What Drives Conspecific Aggressiveness In An Azteca‑Cecropia System: Dear Enemy Or Nest Neighbor?
Ricardo Ildefonso de Campos - Universidade Federal de Viçosa

10:00 - 12:00 - Round Table IX
Location: Rio Purus Auditorium

What is important for ants in Brazil? Perspectives from the reviews of "Formigas do Brasil”

Organizer: Carla R. Ribas

1. What Is Important For Ants In Brazil?
Carla R. Ribas - Universidade Federal de Lavras

2. A Systematic Review Of The Land Use Change Effects On Ant Diversity In The Brazil
Icaro Wilker - Universidade Federal de Lavras

3. How Do Brazilian Researchers Assess The Ecological Conditions And Resources That Influence Ants?
Tatianne Marques - Instituto Federal do Norte de Minas Gerais, IFNMG - Campus Salinas

4. Ants and Their Biotic Interactions in Brazil: An Overview with Current Ecological Knowledge
Ananza M. Rabello - Universidade Federal do Sul e Sudeste do Pará
10:00 - 12:00 - Round Table X
Location: Rio Amazonas Auditorium

Predation of different ant guilds in natural and anthropized forests

Organizer: Hilário Póvoas de Lima

1. Societies at War: Predation in Army Ants of the Genus Eciton
Hilário Póvoas de Lima - Universidade do Estado do Pará

2. The Shape Of Predation – How Morphology Reflects Habit
Frederico Schlickmann Rottgers Marcineiro - Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR)

3. Ecological Aspects of Foraging In Leaf-Cutting Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Attina)
Isabella Bueno - University of São Paulo
14:00 - 15:00 - Keynote speaker VII
Social Insect Functional Trait Ecology: Past, Present, and Future

Tom Rhys Bishop
Cardiff University, UK

16:00 - 16:30 - Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:30 - Keynote speaker IV
Location: Rio Amazonas Auditorium

Ants Under Threat: Ominous Patterns From the Tropics

John Edwin Lattke
Universidade Federal do Paraná
17:30 - 18:00 - Closing Symposium

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