Collective information use by social animal groups : Insights from theory & experiment
Collective information use by social animal groups : Insights from theory & experiment Animal groups, such as fish schools, flocks of birds, or ungulate herds, are fascinating examples of complex, decentralized systems that often display sophisticated, coordinated behaviors. The study of these systems is an example of a quintessential challenge in complexity science - how to connect levels of organization and understand the role of the individual in determining the behavior of the collective. In this talk, I will present some recent research on search, navigation and information use by animal collectives. This research follows an integrative approach and incorporates simulation studies, behavioral experiments, and analytical work. Finally, I will describe efforts to take this research into the field, with the aim of evaluating the importance of sociality for in situ populations and its implications for ecological communities.