After three months of gruelling field and lab work in Ajay Narendra’s lab at Australian National University, Rebecca has headed back south, with samples of Myrmecia ants ready for some chemical and phylogenetic analysis. She will combine the data she has collected on levels of aggression between nests in relation to proximity, with the information on chemical distance.

She also managed never to get bitten by the ants – which is cause for celebration.

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