From the Magazine: Penn State’s Zombie Expert
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.
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