The termite mound database was developed as part of ongoing research to determine the relationship between termite mound structural forms, the materials that go into their construction, the local climate, and the resulting mound function. This database is intended to serve as a reference for researchers and science enthusiasts that are interested in the form and function of mound construction. It provides information that can be used to identify trends across geography and species to illuminate the workings of the mounds, often considered the work of nature’s greatest master builders.
Currently there are 78 mounds in the database classified by location, species, shape class, and climate. When completed, this site will provide a portal for the exchange of information by researchers and citizen scientists on mounds across the globe.
The third picture - the mushroom shaped termite mound - was taken by Lucy Keith-Diagne.
This work was funded by National Science Foundation Grant CMMI #1436850. The project is entitled "Integrated Structural and Ventilation Systems for Buildings through Biomimicry". Data, findings, and conclusions or recommendations are those of the authors only.