A four-spotted skimmer dragonfly (photo courtesy of Shannon McCauley)

New research reveals that understanding small physiological activities in dragonflies could reveal a deeper understanding of how they interact with other organisms in an ecosystem.

In the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Shannon McCauley and her colleagues, Denon Start (PhD candidate) and Ben Gilbert (Associate Professor) studied 17 species of nymph-stage dragonflies in ponds in and around the Koffler Scientific Reserve.