Waters Lab

Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures

In this lab, we believe that science is real, love is love, Black Lives Matter, feminism is for everyone, trans rights are human rights, ants and flies are cool, and everyone is welcome here.

iPhone macrophotography

Simple macro lenses can help mobile phone cameras capture insects in stunning detail.

Never Home Alone

Even in quarantine, the smaller majority is all around to keep us company.

Evolutionary Applications: Pedal to the metal (2020)

Cities power evolutionary divergence by accelerating metabolic rate and locomotor performance.

NSF Grant to support new Drosophila epigenetics-to-metabolism research

With funding from the NSF EPSCOR program and in collaboration with colleagues across the country, we’re embarking on a 4-year mission to investigate epigenetic mechanisms of thermal adaptation in Drosophila

Strobing in Opisthopsis

Exploring the natural history and biomechanics of a fast moving australian ant

Acorn ant nest x-ray microtomography

We used x-ray imaging and 3D visibility graph analysis to study the internal structure of acorn ant nests.

Posters from the lab

Gallery of our posters and #scicomm tips.

Rhode Island Bioblitz 2018

Point Judith, South Kingston, RI

Stratham Bioblitz 2018

How many species can you find?

Rhode Island Bioblitz 2017

Snake Den State Park

One-inch Ant Buttons

Just finished making our second series of one-inch buttons.

Ant, Wasp, or Fly?

Myrmecothea myrmecoides, a picture-winged fly, photographed in Providence, RI.

Swarm Simulation

R code for a dynamic swarm simulation and exporting frames to make an animation.

Rev. C. V. Reichart, O.P.

Fr. Reichart was Providence College’s greatest entomologist.


Fungus tending ants in New England?

Interactive ggplot allometry with plotly in R

Plotting metabolic rate scaling data in an interactive way. Insect metabolic allometry data In a paper published in 2007, Steven Chown and colleagues compiled a large database of insect metabolic rates. The data demonstrated that insect metabolic rates scale hypometrically with their mass (larger insects have higher metabolic rates than smaller insects, but not proportionally as high; on a mass-specific or gram for gram larger insects are using a lot less energy than their smaller counterparts, both within and across species).

Respirometry notes 3/20/2021

Notes on setting up to do thermolimit respirometry. New aluminum chambers We had these respirometry chambers made by the ASU machine shop, based on the similar ones designed by Sable to use with their peltier-effect heating/cooling plate. The chambers are made from aluminum, have barbed fittings to attach tubing, there is a path through the top so that the incurrent air can thermally equilibrate, a cylindrical cavity to hold the insect, and two threaded caps which tighten onto an O-ring and which have glass windows to allow insertion of a pair of infrared emitter and detector.

Allometry with R and ggplot2

A simple guide to plotting a metabolic allometry figure with example scaling data and R code. This web page was created based on using the blogdown and Hugo packages to publish an R Markdown document. Markdown is a simple formatting syntax for authoring HTML, PDF, and MS Word documents. For more details on using R Markdown see http://rmarkdown.rstudio.com. In the text below, you should be able to copy all of the code in the gray code chunks and paste it into a script file to replicate the results and figures in R on your own computer.

In memoriam

Remembering the lives of dearly missed scientists and colleagues.