Animal groups display spectacular forms of coordinated behaviour. We examine how the social interactions between individuals produce this coordination from both mechanistic and functional perspectives.

 

Automated tracking and trajectory reconstruction of mobile animal groups

Coordination amongst individuals in animal groups can emerge when group members use simple rules to interact with their neighbours. We use highly quantitative methods, including high-resolution video and tracking technologies, to decipher these interaction rules. Our work combines novel empirical analyses with modeling approaches to understand in minute detail the social interactions that occur within group living animals.

Principal Investigators: Niclas Kolm
Contributing Researchers: James Herbert-Read