Ants are found all over the world, except Antarctica and are extensively studied. In Denmark we have 56 native species, yet they have received relatively little attention in recent years. Most people are scarcely aware of the important ecosystem services ants provide and the effect a change in these systems may have.
However, ants are among the first organisms that children become fascinated with. When your small, the insects that roam across the ground, are more noticeable. Through the Ant Picnic (Myrejagten), families and schools across Denmark conducted baiting experiments and collected data on the distribution and resource preferences of ants in Denmark.Introduction to the scientist behind the Ant Picnic (In Danish)
Sheard, J. K., Sanders, N. J., Gundlach, C., Schär, S., & Larsen, R. S. (2020). Monitoring the influx of new species through citizen science: the first introduced ant in Denmark. PeerJ, 8, e8850. [link]
Sheard, J.K., Quistgaard, N., Dunn, R. og Tøttrup, A. (2018) Citizen Science Engagerer Børn i Naturvidenskab. MONA 2018-3 [pdf]
Larsen, R.S. & Sheard, J.K. (2018) Children in Denmark find new species of potentially invasive ant. Myrmecological News Blog [link]
Sheard, J.K. (2020) Hundredvis af børn fanger myrer i forskningens navn, Forskerzonen, Videnskab.dk [link]
Sheard, J.K. & Tøttrup, A. (2017) Myrejagten er i gang. Natur og Ungdoms medlemsblad Nr. 2, Juni [pdf]Instructions on how to do an ant picnic (in Danish)