Philip Ward

Phil Ward

Position Title

Department of Entomology and Nematology
Center for Population Biology

381B Briggs Hall

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Population Biology

Specialties / Focus

  • Systematics and Comparative Biology

Field Sites

  • Nearctic, Neotropical, Australian, Oriental and Malagasy regions


  • 1973 BS Queens University, Canada
  • 1979 PhD University of Sydney, Australia


Ward, P. S.; Blaimer, B. B.; Fisher, B. L. 2016. A revised phylogenetic classification of the ant subfamily Formicinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), with resurrection of the genera Colobopsis and Dinomyrmex. Zootaxa 4072:343-357. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4072.3.4

Boudinot, B. E.; Probst, R. S.; Brandão, C. R. F.; Feitosa, R. M.; Ward, P. S. 2016. Out of the Neotropics: newly discovered relictual species sheds light on the biogeographic history of spider ants (Leptomyrmex, Dolichoderinae, Formicidae). Systematic Entomology 41:658-671. doi:10.1111/syen.12181

Ward, P. S.; Fisher, B. L. 2016. Tales of dracula ants: the evolutionary history of the ant subfamily Amblyoponinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Systematic Entomology 41:683-693. doi:10.1111/syen.12186

Ward, P. S.; Brady, S. G.; Fisher, B. L.; Schultz, T. R. 2016. Phylogenetic classifications are informative, stable and pragmatic: the case for monophyletic taxa. Insectes Sociaux 63:489-492. doi: 10.1007/s00040-016-0516-9

Ward, P. S. 2017. A review of the Pseudomyrmex ferrugineus and Pseudomyrmex goeldii species groups: acacia-ants and their relatives (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa 4227:524-542. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.4227.4.3

Ward, P. S.; Branstetter, M. G. 2017. The acacia ants revisited: convergent evolution and biogeographic context in an iconic ant/plant mutualism. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284:20162569. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2016.2569

Branstetter, M. G.; Danforth, B. N.; Pitts, J. P.; Faircloth, B. C.; Ward, P. S.; Buffington, M. L.; Gates, M. W.; Kulag, R. R.; Brady, S. G. 2017. Phylogenomic insights into the evolution of stinging wasps and the origins of ants and bees. Current Biology 27:1019-1025. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.03.027

Branstetter, M. G.; Longino, J. T.; Ward, P. S.; Faircloth, B. C. 2017. Enriching the ant tree of life: enhanced UCE bait set for genome-scale phylogenetics of ants and other Hymenoptera. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 8:768-776. doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12742

Boomsma, J. J.; Brady, S. G.; Dunn, R. R.; Gadau, J.; Heinze, J.; Keller, L.; Moreau, S. C.; Sanders, N. J.; Schrader, L.; Schultz, T. R.; Sundström, L.; Ward, P. S.; Wcislo, W. T.; Zhang, G. 2017. The GAGA consortium: the global ant genomics alliance (GAGA). Myrmecological News 25:61-66.Menke, S. B.; Ward, P. S.; Holway, D. A. 2018. Long-term record of Argentine ant invasions reveals enduring ecological impacts. Ecology 99:1194-1202. doi: 10.1002/ecy.2200

Blaimer, B. B.; Ward, P. S.; Schultz, T. R.; Fisher, B. L.; Brady, S. G. 2018. Paleotropical diversification dominates the evolution of the hyperdiverse ant tribe Crematogastrini (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Insect Systematics and Diversity 2(5):3. doi: 10.1093/isd/ixy013