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I am a researcher interested in how complex biological systems emerge from multiple smaller units that interact with each other: how animals interact together to form flocks and shoals, how interactions between species support ecological communities and ecosystems, how thousands of social insects such as ants and termites coordinate their activities to build complex nests.
The aim of this project is to elucidate the mechanisms of coordination underlying the collective motion of animal groups, such as flocking and schooling phenomena.
The aim of this project is to understand the rules that determine the assemblage and organisation of ecological communities in terms of micro-level mechanisms such as the physiology and behaviour of individual organisms and the patterns of interaction between organisms of the same and of different species.