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9 Sep 2013

Current Biology: Visual sensory networks and effective information transfer in animal groups

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In our recent paper, “Visual sensory networks and effective information transfer in animal groups”, published in Current Biology, we combine experiments with model selection methods to reveal the interaction networks over which information spreads through fish schools.
In the experiment, we first show that a minority of ‘informed’ fish, trained to associate a green laser target […]


31 Jan 2013

Science paper: Emergent sensing of complex environments by mobile animal groups

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In our paper “Emergent sensing of complex environments by mobile animal groups“, published in Science, we immerse groups of schooling fish simulated environments where they attempt to seek out preferred habitat. This allows us to reveal how animal groups use emergent sensing as a strategy for taxis in complex and dynamic environments. This paper is available open access from our publications page.
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28 Jun 2012

Current Biology: The dynamics of group hunting and collective evasion

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We employ high frequency sonar imaging to explore The Dynamics of Coordinated Group Hunting and Collective Information Transfer among Schooling Prey, published in Current Biology. Accompanying our paper is a short video abstract aimed at a broad audience which highlights the methods and the results of the paper:

You can find out more by reading the […]


23 Apr 2012

PNAS: Information transfer in human crowds

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Pedestrian crowds can form the substrate of important socially contagious behaviors including propagation of visual attention, violence, opinions and emotional state. However, relating individual to collective behavior is often difficult, and quantitative studies have largely employed laboratory experimentation. In the only previous study of gaze-following in human crowds, Stanley Milgram et al. (1969) instructed stimulus […]


1 Nov 2010

PNAS: Leadership, collective behavior, and the evolution of migration

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Migration is a remarkable and widespread form of collective motion that is observed over a broad range of spatial and temporal scales. Often migratory individuals face the challenge of tracking long range, noisy environmental cues in order to reach suitable habitats. Detecting directional information, however, may come at a cost. This raises a number of […]


24 Sep 2009

Current Biology, PNAS: Cannibalism and collective behavior in swarming insects

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One of the most striking and devastating examples of collective movement is exhibited by locusts. Swarms of the desert locust, Schistocerca gregaria, can devour large areas of vegetation and have a huge social and economic impact on humans, affecting the livelihood of one in ten people on the planet in plague years. How do these […]