My name is Jordan Greer, and I am the creator and primary contributor to Zooplank. Through this site, my hope is to provide science content that feels accessible to a wider audience, while keeping you informed about the natural world. To learn how our planet and the creatures within it function, it’s typically necessary to understand biological concepts and digest scientific literature. However, many people may find processing biological information either too restricted or too difficult to understand. This is at no fault to the reader, as the scientific community has a reputation for jargon that sometimes other scientists even have a hard time comprehending. As such, it is my goal here to create and provide media that is more accessible to the general public in order for us all to appreciate how brilliant our planet is. (Who needs Mars????)
I am currently an Evolutionary Biology PhD student and the University of Chicago under the guidance of Dr. Corrie Moreau. My personal interests center around animal behavior (including humans) and am currently investigating how the presence and/or absence of cocoons in ant metamorphosis may influence colony behavior; most notably the behavior of attendant ant nurses. Could the presence of cocoons (a silken coat that separates an ant from the elements) lead nurses to tend less? Are “naked” ants more prone to fungal/bacterial infection? And how have these traits evolved over ant history?
While I currently study ants, my interests in biology are broad. As such, this website affords me me luxury of reading about different groups of animals and plants, how they interact, and what these interactions can tell us about ourselves and/or influence how we live. After which, it is then my pleasure to bring that information to you.
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