noa+poppy_fieldNoa Pinter-Wollman

Associate Professor
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of California, Los Angeles
nmpinter [at] ucla [dot] edu


Julie Miller (2017-)

Julie is a behavioral ecologist interested in the causes and consequences of sociality, particularly when societies transition from cooperative groups into superorganisms. She received her PhD in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University, where she studied group raiding behavior in slave-making ants and built evolutionary models of cooperation and collective action. Her postdoctoral work will continue in this vein by investigating the consequences of colony size evolution on interaction networks.

julieserena [at] ucla [dot] edu

 Natalie Lemanski (2018- )

Natalie is an evolutionary theorist, interested in the evolution of behavior in animals that live in groups, such as the social insects (e.g., ants, termites, social bees, and social wasps). In particular, she is interested in how individual traits influence group performance and how selection on group characteristics influence the evolution of individual phenotypes. She is also interested in how ecological context shapes the evolution of collective behaviors. Natalie currently uses agent-based simulations to examine the dynamics of collective foraging in honeybees and explore how inter-individual differences in forager behavior affect the colony level trade-off between exploiting known resources and exploring for new ones.

natalie.lemanski [at] gmail [dot] com

Graduate students

Gabby Najm (PhD, 2018-)

Gabby is interested in studying social behavior, specifically how individuals of a particular personality type can exert a disproportionate influence over the behavior of others in a group, at both an individual and collective level (keystone effect). Using social spiders, she aims to research the genomic basis of personality type in populations where the keystone effect is either present or absent, as well as how gene expression and personality is altered under different kinds of social interactions and physical environmental conditions.

gnajm [at] ucla [dot] edu

Ana Rubio (MSc, 2018-)

Ana is interested in understanding how social behavior among ants impacts both individual and colony level diet preference in urban and natural environments. She will be focusing on the mechanisms that have allowed Argentine ants (Linepithema humile) to radiate throughout multiple countries and become one of the most dominant invasive species in California.

anmrubio [at] ucla [dot] edu

Undergraduate students

Kevin Neumann (2016-)

Kevin is in his second year at UCLA, pursuing a degree in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution. He is interested in aggressive interspecies interactions, and is currently working on comparing the effects of individual aggression on group behavior in Argentine ants and odorous ants.

neumannkevin10 [at] ucla [dot] edu

Artem Pashinchinskiy (2017-)

Artem is a Computational and Systems Biology major at UCLA working on the effects of architecture on the collective behavior of harvester ants using agent based models.

art.pashch [at] gmail [dot] com



Francis Evangelista (2018-)

Maurissa Brown (2018-)

Emily Surrell (2019-)

Emily is in her second of three years at UCLA, where she is pursuing an  undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics with a specialization in Computing. She is interested in data science and machine learning. Through working in the Pinter-Wollman lab, she is learning how to apply statistical programming to gain insights into possible strategies that Argentine ants may use to optimize the efficiency of food distribution among a colony.

esurrell [at] g.ucla [dot] edu

Madison Pinko (2019-)

Jessica Patzlaff (2019-)

Kavya Krishnan (2019-)

Kavya is a first year biology major interested in pursuing a career in wildlife conservation. She is currently working on how nest architecture influences colony success.

kavya.bkrishnan65 [at] gmail [dot] com

Past lab members

Thiago Mosqueiro (2015-2018) now at, Boston, USA
Edmund Hunt (2016-2017) now at the University of Bristol, UK
Reut Berger-Tal (2015) now at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Undergraduate students

Hannah Page (2016-17)
Melissa Peng (2016-17)
Emma Wan (2018)
Angela Xue (2018)
Angelika Pe (2018)

Brian Mi (2015-16), Camila Fernandez (2016), Brandyn Wong (2016), Rediet Geremew (2016), Lyne Hao (2015), Andrew Le (2015), Megan Hayes (2015), Andrew Sweeney (2015), Natalie Postaljian (2014),  Zachary Ewald (2014), Ashley Hui (2013), Annamarie Go (2013), and James Huettne (2013).