Research 2030 podcast: Adjusting to research and teaching under lockdown — the ants go marching on for Clint Penick

An ecologist and professor shares how he has adjusted to life under lockdown, from transitioning courses online to adjusting his field courses and field work

By Giacomo Mancini, PhD - June 4, 2020  3 mins

Today, we find ourselves in a major point in history. Research life is not what it looked like just a few months ago.

We are sitting down, virtually, with members of the research community to hear about their research life in the here and now, and the potential impact they see on the future.

In this episode, I welcome Dr. Clint Penick to the show. Clint is an ecologist and faculty member of Kennesaw State University in Georgia, USA. The work in his lab, the Penick Lab, focuses on the evolution and ecological success of social insects (ants, bees, wasps and termites). Clint shares how he has adjusted to life under lockdown, from transitioning courses online to adjusting field courses, and talks about the impact the pandemic has on his field work.

These are the stories of science, research and the research landscape in unprecedented times.


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Guest: Clint Penick, PhD

Assistant Professor, Kennesaw State University, Georgia

Prof. Clint Penick collects ants for his project on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.Dr. Clint Penick is an Assistant Professor at Kennesaw State University, where his research focuses on the evolution and ecological success of social insects. Current projects in his lab focus on how ants use antimicrobials to fight disease, how social insects respond to climate change, and how urban ants exploit human foods on the sidewalks of New York City. In addition to research on social insects, Dr. Penick has collaborated with engineers and designers on projects related to bio-inspired design through funding from Google and NASA.

Learn more about Dr. Penick’s lab and research.

Host: Giacomo Mancini, PhD

Host: Giacomo Mancini, PhD

Lead Host, Research 2030 podcast series, Elsevier

Dr. Giacomo Mancini is a Business Development Manager at Elsevier and lead host of Elsevier’s Research 2030 podcast series. He received his PhD in Developmental and Evolutionary Biology from New York University and has a vast amount of research experience, having held positions as a scientist and Research Associate at Johnson & Johnson and Mount Sinai Innovative Partners.

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Giacomo Mancini, PhD

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Giacomo Mancini, PhD

Dr. Giacomo Mancini is a Business Development Manager at Elsevier and lead host of Elsevier’s Research 2030 Podcast Series. He received his PhD in Developmental and Evolutionary Biology from New York University and has a vast amount of research experience, having held positions as a Scientist and Research Associate at Johnson & Johnson and Mount Sinai Innovative Partners. While he’s passionate about analytics and bibliometrics, you may also find him reading the sports section of fivethirtyeight.com or tracking MLB player statistics on baseballreference.com. Go Mets!

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