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Cynthia E. Morgan, Doctoral Candidate
Dept. of Biological Sciences University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, Texas 79968
B. Sc. Biology with Honors; Cum Laude (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Track),
University of Texas at El Paso

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William Mackay

Cristina Campbell

Shawn T. Dash

Isreal Del Toro

Samuel Del Toro

Paul A. Lenhart

José Pacheco

Francisco Serna

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Biographic Information

I am a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Texas at El Paso conducting research in the systematics of the genus Crematogaster (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in North America. I have also described two new species in the genus Gnamptogenys (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).


Revision of the Genus Crematogaster (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of North America. I am studying the genus Crematogaster (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). The taxonomy of this genus of ant is currently very confusing and many species have multiple names. I will be studying and comparing all available type material of all the species occurring in North America. My revision will contain descriptions, drawings, maps, and a key of all species. I will conduct mitochondrial DNA studies to supplement morphological characters. Many species are morphologically very similar to one another and may in fact be cryptic species. A mtDNA study will provide more evidence to clarify relationships among these problematic species. My dissertation will be the most complete work to date on the genus Crematogaster in North America.


Watts, Susan H., B. Washburn, R. Klapthor, M. Pitcher, C. Batkin, C. Freemman. 2003. General Biology Laboratory Manual, 4th Edition.

Morgan, Cynthia, W. Mackay, J. Pacheco. 2003. A New Gnamptogenys of the striatula Group from Bolivia (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology. Vol. 42, No. 3, pp 553-558. Pacheco, Jose, W. Mackay, C. Morgan. 2004. A New Species of Gnamptogenys Roger of the sulcata Group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Proceeding of the Entomological Society of Washington. Vol 106, No. 2, pp 434-437.