Movement sets the pace and scale of life. I am interested in understanding how organisms move through their environments and how movement patterns reflect structure in the environment.
Some specific topics are:
Evolution of collective search (theoretical work with Couzin & Levin labs)
Sparse-signal search (theoretical work with Scott McKinley)
Constraints on animal migration distances (with Jamie Gillooly & Chen Hou)
Effects of body size and temperature on locomotory costs (with Katrina Keirsted)
Papers in this area are:
Hein, A M, D. Brumley, F Carrara, R Stocker, and S A Levin. 2016. Physical limits on bacterial navigation in dynamic environments. J. Royal Society Interface. 3: 20150844.
Hein, A M, S B Rosenthal, G I Hagstrom, A Berdahl, C J Torney, and I D Couzin. 2015. The evolution of distributed sensing and collective computation in animal populations. eLife 4:e10955
Stier*, A C ,A M Hein*, V Parravicini, and M Kulbicki. 2014. Larval dispersal drives trophic structure across Pacific coral reefs. Nature Communications (*co-corresponding author with Adrian Stier). Nature Communications
Hein, A M and S A McKinley. 2012. Sensing and decision-making in random search. PNAS. 109:12070-12074
Hein, A M, C Hou, and J F Gillooly. 2012. Energetic and biomechanical constraints on animal migration distance. Ecology Letters. 15:104-110.
Hein, A M and K J 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.