James Glasier

JG duneEmail: j.glasierstudent.unsw.edu.au

PhD Candidate Insect Ecology, University of New South Wales (2013-2017)
MSc Conservation Biology, in Myrmecology, University of Alberta, Canada (2012)
BSc Specialization Paleontology, University of Alberta, Canada (2007)

Grazing effects on below and above ground ant faunas, and ant trophic levels

Subterranean ant communities in Australia, and worldwide, are poorly known, and no studies have looked at how these ants are affected by grazing.  My study will aim to test if the changes to vegetation structure caused by grazing has any effect on subterranean ant communities and if there are different effects on the above and below ground ant faunas.  Additionally I will look at how grazing affects the trophic levels of particular species, using isotope analysis.


Glasier, J.R.N., and J.H. Acorn. Annotated list of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from the grasslands of Alberta and Saskatchewan, pp 299-314. In D.J. Giberson and H.A. Carcamo (eds) Arthropods of Canadian Grasslands (Volume 4): Biodiversity and Systematics, Part 2. Biological Survey of Canada.

Radtke, T.M., Glasier, J.R.N., and Wilson, S.D. 2014. Species composition and abundance of ants and other invertebrates in stands of crested wheatgrass (Agropyron cristatum) and native grasslands in the northern Great Plains.  Canadian Journal of Zoology 92:49–55.

Glasier, J.R.N. and J.H. Acorn 2013. First record of the myrmecophilous sap beetle Amphotis ulkei LeConte (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) in Canada. The Coleopterists Bulletin 67: 188-189.

Glasier, J.R.N., J.H. Acorn, S. Nielsen, and H. Proctor 2013. Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Alberta: A key to species based primarily on the worker caste. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification 22:1-104.

McKellar, R.C., J.R.N. Glasier, and M.S. Engel 2013.  A new trap-jawed ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Haidomyrmecini) from Canadian Late Cretaceous Amber. The Canadian Entomologist 145: 454-465.

McKellar, R.C., J.R.N., Glasier, and M.S. Engel 2013. New ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Dolichoderinae) from Canadian Late Cretaceous amber. Bulletin of Geosciences 88: 583-594.

Newton, J. S., J. Glasier, H. E. L. Maw, H. C. Proctor, and R. G. Foottit 2011.   Ants and subterranean Sternorrhyncha in a native grassland in east-central Alberta. Canadian Entomologist 143: 518-523.

In Press:

Glasier,J.R.N., S.E. Nielsen, and J.H. Acorn. The real “fire ants”: colony size and body size of workers influence the fate of boreal sand hill ants after wildfires. Canadian Entomologist: 22 draft pp.