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Marek Borowiec

Marek Borowiec

Assistant Professor


Ag Science, Room 322A



Mailing Address

Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2329
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2329

Marek is a biologist interested in biodiversity, including its cataloging and description (taxonomy), and processes that created it (speciation, phylogeny). His research combines field work, molecular laboratory techniques and computing.

Ph.D., University of California, 2016
M.S., University of Wroclaw, 2009
B.S., University of Wroclaw, 2007

  • Natural history
  • Taxonomy
  • Phylogenetics
  • Genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Machine learning

  • Borowiec M.L. 2019. Convergent evolution of the army ant syndrome and congruence in big-data phylogenetics. Systematic Biology. In Press.
  • Borowiec M.L. 2016. Generic revision of the ant subfamily Dorylinae (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). ZooKeys, 608: 1-280.
  • Borowiec M.L. 2016. AMAS: A fast tool for alignment manipulation and computing of summary statistics. PeerJ4:e1660.
  • Borowiec M.L., Lee E.K., Chiu J.C., Plachetzki D.C. 2015. Extracting phylogenetic signal and accounting for bias in whole-genome data sets supports the Ctenophora as sister to remaining Metazoa. BMC Genomics, 16(1):987. 
  • Borowiec M.L., Kimsey, L.S. 2015. The first host record for the wasp subfamily Brachycistidinae (Hymenoptera: Tiphiidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 117(1): 62-64.
  • Johnson B.R., Borowiec M.L., Chiu J.C., Lee E.K., Atallah J., Ward P.S. 2013. Phylogenomics resolves evolutionary relationships among ants, bees, and wasps. Current Biology, 23: 2058-2062.
  • Borowiec M.L., Longino J.T. 2011. Three new species and reassessment of the rare Neotropical ant genus Leptanilloides (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Leptanilloidinae). ZooKeys, 133: 19-48. 
  • Borowiec M.L. 2009. New ant species related to Cerapachys sexspinus and discussion of the status of Yunodorylus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa, 2069: 43-58.

My focus has been primarily on ant diversity and evolution and in my research I combine field work, morphology, molecular phylogenetics and comparative methods. I am also interested in computing and phylogeny estimation from high-throughput sequencing data.

Ants are the world's most successful eusocial organisms. Long history, high species diversity and extreme variety of life histories make them an excellent group in which many evolutionary questions can be addressed.

Currently I am an assistant professor at University of Idaho's Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology department. I received my doctorate from the University of California, Davis in 2016 and between 2016 and 2018 I worked as a postdoc with Dr. Christian Rabeling of the Social Insect Research Group at Arizona State University.

  • Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity Award from the PBESA, 2017
  • George C. Eickwort Student Research Award from the IUSSI, 2016


University of Idaho

Physical Address:
E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Rm 242
606 S Rayburn St

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2329
Moscow, ID 83844-2329

Phone: 208-885-3776