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Scholarly Interest Report
Scott Solomon
Professor in the Practice
Professor in the Practice of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Ph.D. Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (2007) UT Austin, Austin, TX
  • B.S. Cell and Structural Biology (2000) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Primary Department
   Department of BioSciences
 Personal Website
 Solomon website
 Wild Rice
 Scott Solomon's Homepage
 The Ant Hunter
Research Areas
 Evolution, Molecular systematics, biogeography, phylogeography, biodiversity, entomology, tropical ecology, invasive species
Teaching Areas
 Introductory Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity,Entomology, Tropical Field Biology, Science Communication
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles

Mueller, U.G., Heather D Ishak, Sofia M Bruschi, Chad C Smith, Jacob J Herman, Scott E Solomon, Alexander S Mikheyev, et al. "Biogeography of mutualistic fungi cultivated by leafcutter ants." Molecular Ecology, 26


Meirelles, L.A. Solomon, S.E., Bacci Jr., M., Mueller, U.G., and Rodrigues, A. (2015) Shared Escovopsis parasites between leaf-cutting and non-leaf-cutting ants in the higher-attine fungus growing ant symbiosis Royal Society Open Science 2.9: 150257.


Meirelles, L.A., Montoya, Q.V. Solomon, S.E., and Rodrigues, A. (2015) New light on the systematics of fungi associated with attine ant gardens and the description of Escovopsis kreiselli sp. nov. PLoS ONE 10(1): e0112067. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0112067


Meirelles, L.A., Mendes, T.D., Solomon, S.E., Bueno, O.C., Pagnocca, F.C., Rodrigues, A. (2013) Variable Escovopsis-inhibition activity of Pseudonocardia associated with Trachymyrmex ants, Environmental Microbiology and Environmental Microbiology Reports doi: 10.1111/1758-2229.12132


Mendes, T. D. Borges, W. S., Rodrigues, A., Solomon, S. E., Vieira, P. C., Duarte, M. C. T., Pagnocca, F. C. (2013) Anti-Candida properties of urauchimycins from actinobacteria associated with Trachymyrmex ants.  BioMed Research International


Mueller, U.G., Mikheyev, A.S., Hong, E., Sen, R., Warren, D., Solomon, S.E., Ishak, H., Cooper, M., Miller, J., Shaffer, K., Juenger, T. (2011) Evolution of cold-tolerant fungi permits winter fungiculture by leafcutter ants at northern frontier of a tropical ant-fungus symbiosis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Published online February 22, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1015806108


Mueller, U.G., Mikheyev, A.S., Solomons, S.E., Cooper, M. (2011) Frontier mutualism: Coevolutionary patterns at the northern range limit of the leafcutter ant-fungus symbiosis. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B Published online March 9, 2011, doi: 10.1098/rspb.2011.0125.


Solomon, S.E., Lopes, C.T., Mueller, U.G., Rodrigues, A., Sosa-Calvo, J., Schultz, T.R., and Vasconcelos, H. (2011) Nesting biology and fungiculture of Mycetagroicus cerradensis (Formicidae: Attini): New light on the origins of higher attine agriculture. Journal of Insect Science 11:12


Bacci, M., Solomon, S.E., Silva-Pinhati, A.C.O., Mueller, U.G. Martins, V.G., Carvalho, A.O.R., Vieira, L.G.E. "Phylogeny of leafcutter ants in the genus Atta Fabricius (Formicidae: Attini) based on mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 51(3): 427-437." 


Solomon, Scott "The Future is Mixed Race." Aeon (Feb 2, 2017)


Scott Solomon "Has Culture Replaced Natural Selection?." Yale Books Unbound (November 15, 2016)


Scott Solomon "Summer School." Rice Magazine (Summer 2016)


Scott Solomon "The Future is Mixed-Race." Aeon (February 2, 2017)


Scott Solomon "The Man Who Predicted Our Evolutionary Future." Beyond Bones (September 21, 2016)


Scott Solomon "The Martians Are Coming-- and They're Human." Nautilus (October 27, 2016)


Solomon, S. "The Rhythm of the Tide." Nautilus Quarterly (Winter 2015)


Solomon, S. "A Bird’s Eye View." Rice Magazine (Spring 2014)


Solomon, S. "Conducting an Inventory of the Big Thicket." Rice At Large (Winter 2014)


Solomon, S. "“The Rhythm of the Tide." Nautilus Quarterly (Winter 2015)


Solomon SE.  “Sex changes, beheadings, and resurrection” Rice Magazine, Spring 2013


Solomon, Scott E. “The Science of Communicating” Rice At Large, Spring 2012.


Solomon, S. E. (2011) “We’re Not So Different, Slime Molds and Us” Slate Magazine, January 19. Available at: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2011/01/were_not_so_different_slime_molds_and_us.html


Scott E. Solomon "“Lucy 2.0: Famous Fossil Hominid Goes Digital” Wired.com, Feb 6 , 2009 URL: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/02/lucy/." 


Scott Solomon "Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution." 


Solomon, S. "Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution." In Press

 Book reviews

Solomon, S. "Review of "Planet of the Bugs: The Evolution and Rise of Insects" by Scott Richard Shaw." Washington Independent Review of Books (2014)

 Invited Talks

"Broad Institute, Cambridge, MA."


"Presentation, Baker Institute Civic Scientist Program, Heights High School, Houston, TX." (February 16, 2017)


"Presentation, Baker Institute Civic Scientist Program, Reagan High School, Houston, TX." (February 25, 2016)


"Presentation, Coastal Prairie Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists, Rosenberg, TX." (November 3, 2016)


"Presentation, Creation Care Fest, Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church, Houston, TX." (August 13, 2016)


"Presentation, Distinguished Lecturer Series, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, TX." (October 25, 2016)


"Presentation, Lone Star College, Kingwood, TX." (November 9, 2016)


"Presentation, Rice Science Café, Houston, TX." (November 1, 2016)


"Presentation, Sierra Club Houston, Houston, TX." (October 13, 2016)


"Seminar Presentation at Evolution 2016 conference." (June 18, 2016)


"Seminar presentation at Broad Institute." (January 31, 2017)


"Seminar presentation at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory." (July 7, 2016)



Evolution in Insect and Human Societies

." Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Sciences, Baton Rouge, LA.


Ants of the Big Thicket National Preserve, Big Thicket Science Café, Beaumont, TX, Nov. 19, 2015



Beyond Busywork

." Rice University Center for Teaching Excellence, Houston, TX.


"Biodiversity on the Rice University Campus." Rice University Campus Sustainability Day, Houston, TX.


"Evolution in Insect and Human Societies." University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX.


""Giving Effective Oral Presentations"." (October 3, 2012)


"“Biodiversity on the Rice University Campus”." (October 25, 2012)


"“Ants of the Amazon”." National Zoological Park, Washington, DC. (February 24, 2009)


"Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA."


"Science Café, College Station, TX."


"Science Under the Stars, Austin, TX."


"The Avid Reader, Davis, CA."


"The Explorers Club Headquarters, New York, NY."


"Presentation, Garden District Book Shop, New Orleans, LA." (December 6, 2016)


"Presentation, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA." (January 31, 2017)


"Presentation, Science Café, College Station, TX." (February 21, 2017)


"Presentation, The Avid Reader, Davis, CA." (February 8, 2017)


"Presentation, The Explorers Club Headquarters, New York, NY." (January 30, 2017)


"Center for Teaching Excellence Symposium on Teaching & Learning."


AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Meeting, Washington University, St. Louis


Co-Author.  "Meta-analysis of species-level phylogenies provides insight into biogeographical context of Amazonian speciation." Evolution, Snowbird, UT. (June 2013) With Romar, G

 Seminar Speaker

Yale-NUS College, Singapore


""Applying Scientific Teaching Methods to Undergraduate Education"." (September 12)

Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Meghan Rae Hager, B.S. Keeping the crazies out: How effective is the Big Thicket National Preserve at protecting native ant communities?. (2016) (Thesis Director)

 Gabriela Zambrano, B.S. Spatial and temporal variation of native and non-native ant communities in the Big Thicket National Preserve. (2016) (Thesis Director)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 Dr. Alemka Kisic Distinguished Service Award, Dept of Biosciences, Rice University

 Treybig Teaching & Innovation Colloquy, Rice University Center for Teaching Excellence (2016-2017)

 Finalist, George R. Brown Teaching Awards, Rice University

 New Methods for Phylogenomics and Metagenomics Travel Award, University of Texas

 Charles Duncan Award for Instruction in Natural Sciences,

 Brown Teaching Grant, Rice University

 Life Sciences Education Fellow, National Academy of Sciences

Positions Held
 Research Collaborator, Smithsonian Institution Department of Entomology. (2009 - 2015)

 Resident Associate, Baker College. (2010 - 2015)

 Faculty Fellow, Baker College. (2015 - 2015)

 Faculty Fellow, Center for Teaching Excellence, Rice University. (2014 - 2015)