Danish children trap 19,000 ants to study impact of climate change

Children collecting ants in Denmark Karin Boe
A citizen science project that involved hundreds of Danish children has provided important information on how ants are changing in the face global warming, urbanization, and forest farming.

Children and their families trapped 19,000 ants in their backyards or on vacation spots across Denmark. Julie Sheard, a member of the University's international research team, said that the team compared the new catches to specimens from 1900 and found major population shifts in these important, but under-appreciated insects.