Fredrick Larabee

Fredrick Larabee408-924-4941
DH 535


  • B.S., Biology, Pacific Lutheran University
  • M.S., Entomology, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
  • Ph.D., Entomology, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
  • Post-doc: 
    • NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, Department of Entomology
    • BUILD Program, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
    • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior

Courses Taught 

  • ENT101: Insect Diversity
  • BIOL100W: Science Communication Workshop
  • BIOL159: Integrative Biology
  • BIOL160: Ecology

Research Interests

Research in my lab focuses on the evolution and biomechanics of insect mouthparts, with special attention to ants. I am interested in answering the question how mouthpart shape and mechanics determine what ants eat and how has that influenced their evolution? I am also the director of the J. Gordon Edwards Entomology Museum, and so am also interested in how we can use natural history collections to answer these research questions. Some ongoing projects in my lab include:

  • Researching the ecomorphology of mealybug ants (genus Acropyga) and how the shape of their mandibles affects their symbiosis with mealybugs.
  • Understanding the mechanics and evolution of trap-jaw ant mouthparts
  • Measuring changes in ant diversity and abundance in the Bay Area using natural history collections.