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Alpert studies myrmecophiles and collects ants in tropical and subtropical countries around the world. Currently an Associate with the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University.


Published papers on the taxonomy of Malagasy ants.


  • Alpert, Gary D. 1994. A Comparative Study of the Symbiotic Relationship Between Beetles of the Genus Cremastocheilus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) and their Host Ants (Hymenoptera:Formicidae). Sociobiology 25(1).
  • Bolton, B.; Alpert, G.; Ward, P. S.; Naskrecki, P. 2007. Bolton's Catalogue of ants of the world: 1758-2005. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, CD-ROM. [2007-01]
  • Ellison, A. M.; Gotelli, N. J.; Farnsworth, E. J.; Alpert, G. D. 2012. A field guide to the ants of New England . New Haven: Yale University Press, xv + 398 pp
  • Gronenberg, W., Hölldobler, B. & Alpert, G.D. 1998. Jaws that snap: control of mandible movements in the ant Mystrium. Journal of Insect Physiology 44: 241-253.
  • Heinze, J., Hölldobler, B.; Alpert, G. 1999. Reproductive Conflict and Division of Labor in Eutetramorium mocquerysi, a Myrmicine Ant Without Morphologically Distinct Female Reproductives. Ethology 105 (8): 701-717
  • Hölldobler, B.; Liebig, J.; Alpert, G. D. 2002. Gamergates in the myrmicine genus Metapone (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Naturwissenschaften 89:305-307.
  • Hölldobler, B.; Oldham, N. J.; Alpert, G. D.; Liebig, J. 2002. Predatory behavior and chemical communication in two Metapone species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Chemoecology 12:147-151.
  • Moglich, M. and G.D. Alpert 1979. Stone dropping by Conomyrma bicolor (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). A new technique of interference competition. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 6:105-113.