Hein, AM. 2022. Ecological decision-making: theory, computations, and behavior. Current Opinion in Neurobiology. (pdf

Martin, BT, MA Gil, AK Fahimipour, AM Hein. 2021. Informational constraints on predator-prey interactions. Oikos. (pdf

Olivetti, S, MA Gil, VK Sridharan, AM Hein. 2021Merging computational fluid dynamics and machine learning to reveal animal migration strategies. Methods Ecol. Evol. (pdf). DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.13604

Pellegrini, A , AM Hein, J Cavender-Bares , RA Montgomery , AC Staver , F Silla , SE Hobbie, and PB Reich. 2021Disease and fire interact to influence transitions between savanna-forest ecosystems over a multi-decadal experiment. Ecology Letters (pdf).doi: 10.1111/ele.13719

Gil, MA, ML Baskett, SB Munch. AM Hein. 2020Fast behavioral feedbacks make ecosystems sensitive to pace and not just magnitude of environmental change. PNAS (pdf). [Media Coverage:  WIRED, ScienMag,] — 2020 PNAS Cozzarelli Prize Winner [UCSC Press Release]

Brumley, DR, F Carrara, AM Hein, SA Levin, R Stocker. 2020Cutting through the noise: bacterial chemotaxis in marine microenvironments. Frontiers in Marine Science (pdf).

Hein, AMDL Altshuler, DE Cade, JC Liao, BT Martin, GK Taylor. 2020. An algorithmic approach to natural behavior. Current Biology 30:R663-R675. (pdf).

Hein, AM, BT Martin. 2020Information limitation and the dynamics of coupled ecological systems. Nature Ecology & Evolution 4:82-90 (pdf). [Coverage: NEE News & Views piece on the paper, F1000 recommendation: “Exceptional” rating]

Pilkiewicz, K and B Lemasson et al. inccl. AM Hein. 2020. Decoding collective communications from the individual’s perspective using Information Theory tools. J. R. Soc. Interface 17:20190563.

Carrara, F, DR Brumley, AM Hein, Y Yawata, MM Salek, KS Lee, E Sliwerska, SA Levin, R Stocker. 2020. A method for generating controlled, dynamic chemical landscapes to study microbial behavior. J. Visualized Experiments 155.

Sridharan, VK, AM Hein. 2019. Analytical solution of advection‐dispersion boundary value processes in environmental flows. Water Resources Research. 55:1013010143.

Brumley, DR, F Carrara, AM Hein, Y Yuwata, SA Levin, R Stocker. 2019Bacteria push the limits of sensory precision to navigate dynamic chemical Gradients. PNAS (pdf) [Media Coverage:, Pursuit]  Cover Article

Hein, AM, MA Gil, CR Twomey, ID Couzin, SA Levin. 2018Conserved behavioral circuits govern high-speed decision making in wild fish shoals. PNAS . (pdf, video) [Media,  Science Daily, UCSC News, Santa Cruz Press]

Gil, MA, AM Hein, O Spiegel, M Baskett, and A Sih. 2018. Social information can link individual behavior to ecological dynamics. Trends Ecol Evol. (pdf)[Media Coverage: Aggie]

Martin, BT, SB Munch, and AM Hein. 2018. Reverse-engineering ecological theory from data. Proc. Roy. Soc. B. 285: 20180422.(pdf)

Hughey, L, AM Hein, A Strandburg-Peshkin, and F Jensen. 2018. Challenges and solutions for studying collective animal behavior in the wild. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. B. 373: 20170005. (pdf)

Gil*, MA and AM Hein*. 2017. Social interactions among grazing reef fish drive material flux in a coral reef ecosystem. PNAS 114(18):4703-4708. (pdf) (*equal contribution) [Media Coverage:,  Science Daily,  International Business Times,  AXIOS, Public News, Yale e360] — Cover Article

Ache, BW, AM Hein, YV Bobkov, JC Principe. 2016. Smelling time: a neural basis for olfactory scene analysis. Trends in Neuroscience 39:649-655. (pdf)

Hein, AM, F Carrara, D. Brumley, R Stocker, and SA Levin. 2016. Natural search algorithms as a bridge between organisms, evolution, and ecology. PNAS 113:9413-9420. (pdf)

Hein, AM D. Brumley, F Carrara, R Stocker, and SA Levin. 2016. Physical limits on bacterial navigation in dynamic environments. J. Royal Society Interface. 3: 20150844. (pdf) and correction to an equation here

Park, I, AM Hein, YV Bobkov, MA Reidenbach, B Ache, and JC Principe. 2016. Neurally encoding time for olfactory navigation. PLoS Comp. Biol. 12(1): e1004682. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004682 (pdf)

Hein*, AM, SB Rosenthal*, GI Hagstrom*, A Berdahl, CJ Torney, and ID Couzin. 2015. The evolution of distributed sensing and collective computation in animal populations. eLife 4:e10955 doi:10.7554/eLife.10955 (pdf). (*equal contribution)

Gillooly, JF, AM Hein, and R Damiani. 2015. Nuclear DNA content varies with cell size across human cell types in Size Control in Biology, from Organelles to Organisms Eds. Rebecca Heald, David Wake, & Iswar Hariharan editors (Cold Spring Harbor Press).

Stier*, AC , AM Hein*, V Parravicini, and M Kulbicki. 2014. Larval dispersal drives trophic structure across Pacific coral reefs. Nature Communications 5:5575 doi: 10.1038/ncomms6575 (pdf).(*equal contribution).

Fahimipour, AK and AM Hein. 2014. The dynamics of assembling food webs. Ecology Letters. 17:606-613 (pdf) — ESA Frost Award for outstanding paper in aquatic ecology

Hein, AM and SA McKinley. 2013. Sensory information and encounter rates of interacting species. PLoS Comp. Biol. 9: e1003178. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003178 (pdf).

Hein, AM and SA McKinley. 2012. Sensing and decision-making in random search. PNAS. 109:12070-12074 (pdf)

Hein, AM, C Hou, and J F Gillooly. 2012. Energetic and biomechanical constraints on animal migration distance. Ecology Letters. 15:104-110. (pdf)

Hein, AM and KJ Keirsted. 2012. The rising cost of warming waters: Effects of temperature on the cost of swimming in fish. Biology Letters. 8:266-269. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0885. (pdf)


Hein, A M and J F Gillooly. 2011. Predators, prey, and transient states in the assembly of spatially structured communities. Ecology 92:549-555. (pdf)

Ray, JM , AM Hein, A Gonzalez, S Goetz, and M Miller. 2011. Imantodes cenchoa (Brown Blunt-Nosed Vine Snake) Maximum Size. Herp. Review 42:614-615.

Ray, J M , AM Hein, A Gonzalez, S Goetz, and M Miller. 2011. Imantodes cenchoa (Brown Blunt-Nosed Vine Snake) Diet. Herp. Review 42:100.

Hein, AM, and C Guyer.  2009. Hibernaculum selection and overwintering body temperatures of Cottonmouth snakes (Agkistrodon piscivorus). J. Alabama Acad. Sci. 80:35-43. — AAS Carmichael award for outstanding paper of 2009