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Ant biology - from communication to community ecology.

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    Prof Nigel Franks
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    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

Research interests range across almost all aspects of ant biology from communication to community ecology. Key topics include: how ant colonies are organized; how they achieve robustness, fault-tolerance and self-repair; the role of ants in ecosystems. Key issues include, collective decision-making, division of labour, learning, self-organization and relationships between infrastructure and social organization.


Couzin ID, Krause J, Franks NR, Levin SA (2005) Effective leadership and decision-making in animal groups on the move. Nature 433:513-516

Franks, N.R., Pratt, S.C., Mallon, E.B., Britton N.F., and D.J.T. Sumpter, (2002) Information flow, opinion-polling and collective intelligence in house-hunting Social Insects Phil Trans Roy Soc (B) London 357: 1567-1583

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