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(May 2013) B.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Honors), University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
(Current) Ph.D. Evolutionary Biology, Committee on Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago


(Summer 2015) Ant Course, Southwestern Research Station, San Simon, AZ
(Summer 2013) Research Intern, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

(Sep 2011 – May 2013) Ant Taxonomy/Curation Research Assistant, UM Museum of Natural History
(Summer 2012) NSF-Research Experience for Undergraduates, American Museum of Natural History
(Summer 2011) NSF-Research Experience for Undergraduates, Kansas State University
(Summer 2010) Field Course, University of Michigan Biological Station
(Sep 2009 – May 2011) Research Intern, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, University of Michigan


Blanchard, B.D., and C.S. Moreau. Defensive traits exhibit an evolutionary trade-off and drive diversification in ants. In revision.

Clouse, M.C., B.D. Blanchard, R. Gibson, W.C. Wheeler, and M. Janda. 2016. Taxonomic updates for some confusing Micronesian species of Camponotus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Formicinae). Myrmecological News 23:139-152.

Liu, C., B. Guénard, B. Blanchard, Y.Q. Peng, and E.P. Economo. 2016. Reorganization of taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic ant biodiversity after conversion to rubber plantation. Ecological Monographs 86(2):215-227.

Economo, E.P., E.M. Sarnat, M. Janda, R. Clouse, P. Klimov, G. Fischer, B.D. Blanchard, et al. 2015. Breaking out of biogeographical modules: range expansion and taxon cycles in the hyperdiverse ant genus Pheidole. Journal of Biogeography doi:10.1111/jbi.12592.

Liu, C., B. Guénard, F. Hita Garcia, S. Yamane, B. Blanchard, D.R. Yang, and E. Economo. 2015. New records of ant species from Yunnan, China. ZooKeys 477:17-78.

Clouse, M.C., Janda, M., Blanchard, al. 2014. Molecular phylogeny of Indo-Pacific carpenter ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae, Camponotus) reveals waves of dispersal and colonization from diverse source areas.  Cladistics. doi: 10.1111/cla.12099.

Sarnat, E.M., Blanchard, B., Guénard, B., Fasi, J., and Economo, E.P. 2013. Checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) of the Solomon Islands and a new survey of the Makira Island. Zookeys 257:47-88.

Guénard, B., Blanchard, B., Liu, C., Yang, D.R., and Economo, E.P. 2013. Rediscovery of the rare ant genus Bannapone (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Amblyoponinae) and the description of the worker caste. Zootaxa 375(3): 371-379.


Blanchard, B. 2013. The effects of habitat heterogeneity on the distribution and composition of ant communities in a tall grass prairie. Undergraduate Honors Thesis, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan.


(Apr 2015 – present) Volunteer academic tutor, Strive Tutoring
(Oct 2016) Invited talk for the undergraduate University of Chicago PaleoClub: “Precious by death: using fossils in phylogenetics, and other cool stuff about ants”
(Apr 2016) 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention
(Mar 2016) NSF-East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Award
(Apr 2015) 2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention
(Nov 2014) Volunteer science fair judge, Fredrich W. Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center
(Since Oct 2014) Member, Entomological Society of America

(Aug 2013 – July 2014) Oral English teacher, WorldTeach, Cili Number One High School (刺梨县第一中学)
(Apr 2014) 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention
(May 2013) Honors for undergraduate thesis


Blanchard, B., and C.S. Moreau. 2015. Ants and their defenses: an evolutionary trade-off? Oral Presentation, Entomological Society of America annual conference.

Blanchard, B.D., and C.S. Moreau. 2016. Defensive traits exhibit an evolutionary trade-off and drive diversification in ants. Oral Presentation, XXV International Congress of Entomology.


English (Native)
Mandarin Chinese (ILR Level 2: Limited Working Proficiency)