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William Mackay

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William P. Mackay
Laboratory for Environmental Biology
Centennial Museum
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, TX 79968-0519

Email: wmackay@utep


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Biographic Information

Dr. William Mackay is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Curator of Insects. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Riverside, in 1981, majoring in Population Biology. He is a specialist on ants and termites. His interests are Desert ecology with emphasis on arthropods, especially ants and termites; biosystematics of ants, especially of the Neotropical region; ant behavioral ecology; impact of man on arid ecosystems; and biological problems involved with the disposal of nuclear waste.

Selected Publications:

Archer, S., W. Mackay, J. Mott, S. Nicholson, M. Moreno, N. Seligman, N. West, and J. Williams. 1999. Arid and semi-arid land community dynamics in a management context. In: Arid Lands Management Toward Ecological Sustainability, T. Hoekstra and M. Shachak (eds.), pp 48-74, Univ. Illinois Press, ix + 279 pp.

Mackay, W. 2000. A review of the New World ants of the subgenus Myrafant, subgenus Leptothorax (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 36:265-444.

Padilla, D., N. Hogue, and W. Mackay. 2000. Preliminary results of intranidal insecticidal bait treatments on the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Proc. Annual Fire Ant Conference, pages 91-96.

Gaglio, M. D., D. Padilla, W. Mackay, and N. Hogue. 2000. Effectiveness of biobarriers at preventing harvester ants from entering shallow waste containment zones: excavation of harvester ant nests located on the protective cab/biobarrier experiment site. Annual Technical Report ESRF-037: 32-35.

Mackay, W. P., A. Van Pelt, and I. Moreno. 2000. Malfunction of electrical equipment caused by Solenopsis aurea Wheeler (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Pan Pacific Entomol. 77:126.

Mackay, W. P., C. Lopez-Castro, and F. Fernandez. 2002. A new, high altitude Colombian species of the ant genus Camponotus with dimorphic males and females (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 40:421-430.

Mackay, W. P., and E. E. Mackay. 2002. Ants of New Mexico; Hymenoptera: Formicidae. The Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, NY, 408 pp.

Mackay, E. P., and A. Buschinger. 2002. A new species of the ant genus Leptothorax (Subgenus Myrafant) from Alberta Canada.Sociobiology 40:539-545.

Peralta, J., J. Gardea-Torresdey, J. Walton, W. Mackay, and M. Duarte. 2003. Effects of zinc upon tolerance and heavy metal uptake in alfalfa plants (Medicago sativa). Bull. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 70:1036-1044.

Mackay, W. P. 2003. A new species of the ant genus Acanthostichus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Paraguay, and a description of the female of A. brevicornis. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 106:97-101.

Fernández, F., and W. P. Mackay. 2003. The myrmicine ants of the Adelomyrmex laevigatus species complex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 41: 593-604.

Mackay, L., H. Mayland, and W. Mackay. 2003. Horse preference for alfalfa-grass hay harvested in the afternoon. Proc. Amer. Soc. Anim. Sci. 54: In press.