Termites don't get studied nearly as much as ants. And there isn't (as far as I know) a termite specialist, like there is for ants (Myrmecologist).
Termites however are the easiest "pet" to keep ever. They never escape, very little maintenance and you can forget about them for months (except the daily misting with water). They are kinda boring to keep though. Ants do way more stuff than termites do, but termites are still pretty interesting. However, some termites are more interesting, like some out in the Caribbeans that build huge mud nests in trees (that look like wasp nests). And some species do surface "raiding" (trails similar to the Dorylus ant species in Africa). Then the Formosan subterranean termites are super cool and make a cardboard-like material out of the wood they eat. Plus Formosan subterranean termites are a lot more active than the native California variety.
All the native termites in California are boring as hell though. The tropics get by far more fun to keep termites. Still, even the most boring termites are vastly better than Argentine ants!
Edited by Vendayn, February 20 2017 - 12:30 PM.