Mark Wong

DPhil candidate

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Funded by the Clarendon Fund

Supervised by Owen Lewis and Benoit Guénard

Research Interests

My Honours research in 2014 documented phenotypic variation in Australian funnel-web spiders showing phylogeographic structure. From 2015-17 I managed urban greenery and science outreach programmes in the Singapore government; concurrently, I explored ant taxonomy and ecology. For my DPhil I will study the ecosystem functions mediated by tropical ant communities in natural and human-modified habitats.

Selected Publications

Wong MKL, Guénard B & Lewis OT. (In revision). The cryptic impacts of invasion: Functional homogenization of tropical ant communities by invasive fire ants. BioRxiv doi:10.1101/611749

Wong MKL & Guénard B. 2020. Subterranean Ants. In: Starr C. (eds) Encyclopedia of Social Insects. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. PDF

Wong MKL, Guénard B & Lewis OT. 2019. Trait-based ecology of terrestrial arthropods. Biological Reviews 94: 999–1022. PDF 

Wong, M.K.L., Woodman, J.D. and Rowell, D.M. (2017). Short-range phenotypic divergence among genetically distinct populations of an Australian funnel-web spider. Ecology and Evolution, 7: 5094–5102.

Wong, M.K.L. and Guénard, B. (2017). Subterranean ants: summary and perspectives on field sampling methods, with notes on diversity and ecology (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecological News, 25: 1–16.

Wong, M.K.L. and Guénard, B. (2016). Leptanilla hypodracos, a new species of the cryptic ant genus Leptanilla (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Singapore, with new distribution data and an updated key to Oriental Leptanilla species.ZooKeys, 551: 129–144.