• Lee RH, Morgan B, Liu C, Fellowes JR, Guénard B. (In Press). Secondary forest succession in tropical Asia buffers extreme temperature impacts on ants. Ecological Monographs.

  • Booher DB, Gibson JC, Liu C, Longino JT, Fisher BL, Janda M, Narula N, Toulkeridou E, Mikheyev AS, Suarez AV, Economo EP. (2021) Functional innovation promotes diversification of form in the evolution of an ultrafast trap-jaw mechanism in ants. PLOS Biology. Link


  • Liu C*, Fischer G, Hita Garcia F, Yamane SK, Liu Q, Peng YQ, Economo EP, Guénard B, Pierce NE. (2020). Ants of the Hengduan Mountains: a new altitudinal survey and updated checklist for Yunnan Province highlight an understudied insect biodiversity hotspot. Zookeys. Link

  • Miao BG, Peng YQ*, Yang DR, Kubota Y, Economo EP, Liu C*. (2020). Climate and land-use interactively shape butterfly diversity in tropical rainforest and savanna ecosystems of southwestern China. Insect Science. Link

  • Liu C*, Sarnat EM, Friedman NR, Hita Garcia F, Darwell C, Booher D, Kubota Y, Mikheyev AS, Economo EP. (2020) Colonize, radiate, decline: unraveling the dynamics of island community assembly with Fijian trap-jaw ants. Evolution. Link

  • Darwell C, Fischer G, Sarnat EM, Friedman NR, Liu C, Baiao G, Mikheyev A.S, Economo EP. (2020). Genomic and phenomic analysis of island ant community assembly. Molecular Ecology. Link


  • Hita Garcia F, Lieberman Z, Audisio T, Liu C, Economo EP (2019) Revision and microtomography of the cryptic and highly specialized ant genus Discothyrea (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Afrotropical region. Insect Systematics and Diversity. 3(6): 6; 1–43 Link

  • Sarnat EM, Hita Garcia Francisco, Dudley KL, Liu C, Fischer G, Economo EP. (2019). Ready Species One: using augmented reality to enhance systematic biology with a revision of Fijian Strumigenys (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Insect Systematics and Diversity. 3(6): 5; 1–84. Link



  • Staab M, Hita Garcia F, Liu C, Xu ZH, Economo EP. (2018). Systematics of the ant genus Proceratium Roger (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Proceratiinae) in China – with descriptions of three new species based on micro-CT enhanced next-generation-morphology. Zookeys. 770:137-192. Link

  • Liu C*, Dudley KL, Xu ZH, Economo EP. (2018). Mountain metacommunities: climate and spatial connectivity shape ant diversity in a complex landscape. Ecography. 41: 101-112. Link



  • Hita Garcia F, Fischer G, Liu C, Audisio TL, Economo EP. (2017). Next-generation morphological character discovery and evaluation: An X-ray micro-CT enhanced revision of the ant genus Zasphinctus Wheeler (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Dorylinae) in the Afrotropics. Zookeys 693: 33-93. Link

  • Hita Garcia F, Fischer G, Liu C, Audisio TL, Alpert GD, Fisher BL, Economo EP. (2017). X-Ray microtomography for ant taxonomy: an evaluation and case study with two new Terataner (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Myrmicinae) species from Madagascar. PLoS ONE 12(3): e0172641. Link



  • Liu C*, Guénard B, Blanchard B, Peng YQ, Economo EP. (2016) Reorganization of taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic ant biodiversity patterns after conversion to rubber plantation in Southeast Asia. Ecological Monographs. 86(2): 215-227. Link



  • Liu C*, Fischer G, Economo EP. (2015) A rare ant on Samoa: first record of the cryptic subfamily Proceratiinae (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) and description of a new Proceratium Roger species. Journal of Hymenoptera Research. 46: 35-41. Link

  • Liu C*, Hita Garcia F, Peng YQ, Economo EP. (2015) Aenictus yangi sp. n. – a new species of the A. ceylonicus species group (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Dorylinae) from Yunnan, China. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 42: 33-45. Link

  • Liu C*, Guénard B, Hita Garcia F, Yamane SK, Blanchard B, Economo EP (2015) New records of ant species from Yunnan, China. Zookeys 477: 17-68. Link



  • Guénard B, Blanchard B, Liu C, Yang DR, Economo EP (2013) Rediscovery of the rare ant genus Bannapone (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Amblyoponinae) and description of the worker caste. Zootaxa 3734: 371-379. Link

  • Liu C, Yang DR, Compton SG, Peng YQ (2013) Larger fig wasps are more careful about which figs to enter – with good reason. PLoS ONE 8: e74117. Link



  • Liu C, Yang DR, Peng YQ (2011) Body size in a pollinating fig wasp and implications for stability in a fig-pollinator mutualism. Entomologia Experimentalis Et Applicata 138: 249-255. Link

  • Miao BG, Yang DR, Liu C, Yang DR, Peng YQ (2011) The impact of a gall midge on the reproductive success of Ficus benjamina, a potentially invasive fig tree. Biological Control 59: 228-233. Link