From the Magazine: Penn State’s Zombie Expert

September 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm 3 comments

Expanded content from the pages of The Penn Stater.

Our Sept./Oct. issue spotlights the work of David Hughes, an assistant professor of entomology and biology who has gotten a bit famous for his work with zombie ants.

Photo by Cardoni

Photo by Cardoni

Yes, that’s a real thing. There are all sorts of great videos on the subject, ranging from artistic to creepily real, which you can find here and here. Our favorite, narrated by Hughes (note the Dublin native’s Irish brogue) and featuring the artwork of PhD candidate Joao Araujo, is below:

Over the past few years, Hughes’ fascinating research has caught the attention of the entertainment industry, and he recently served as a consultant for two of the summer’s biggest blockbusters: the Brad Pitt-starring film adaption of the novel World War Z, and the best-selling, post-apocalyptic video game The Last of Us. Ever the educator, Hughes is working to turn all this attention into better science opportunities for kids. We’re excited to see what he does next.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Donovan P. Prather  |  September 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my
    own weblog and was wondering what all is required to
    get set up? I’m assuming having a blog like
    yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very internet savvy so I’m not 100%
    certain. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks

  • 2. For Now, and For the Future | The Penn Stater Magazine  |  September 26, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    […] members whose research explains everything from the genetic influence on our voting habits to the science of zombified ants. I’ve met students who have established themselves as leaders on campus, in town, and […]

  • 3. The Penn Stater — Jan. 13, 2014 | The Penn Stater Magazine  |  January 13, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    […] David Hughes, the biologist whose fascinating research into “zombie ants” we’ve featured in the magazine. If you can’t stay up for it, set your […]

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