Mackay Laboratory of Myrmecology
Department of Biological Sciences Room 210
500 West University Avenue
El Paso, Texas 79968
Phone: (915) 747-5443

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William Mackay

Cristina Campbell

Shawn T. Dash

Isreal Del Toro

Samuel Del Toro

Paul A. Lenhart

Cynthia E. Morgan

José Pacheco

Francisco Serna

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Mission Statement:

The mission of the Mackay Laboratory of Myrmecology (MLM) is to advance the understanding of ants through research on the taxonomy, systematics and ecology. Our research is directed to mostly on Neotropical taxa, but our scope is world wide.


Our vision is to accomplish revisions of notoriously difficult genera through the tools of field collection, comparison of specimens with types, and by the determination of evolutionary relationships of species with cladistic analyses. Our objective is to facilitate the development of functional taxonomies with identification keys to species accompanied by illustrations.

Current Research:

MLM Collection

The current holdings of the MLM are comprised of 1800 species, 170 thousand pinned and in alcohol. In addition to these specimens, numerous specimens from the private holdings of the students in the lab are used in our research.

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Last Update: 28 Jul 2006