Navigation is among the most ancient behaviors exhibited by living things. We are interested in understanding how organisms navigate their environments and how movement patterns are driven by information in the environment.

Some specific topics are:

Evolution of collective search (theoretical work with Couzin lab and George Hagstrom)
Sparse-signal search (theoretical work with Scott McKinley)
Constraints on animal migration distances (with Jamie Gillooly & Chen Hou)
Theory of ecological kinetics in dynamic environments (with Stocker, Brumley, Levin Labs)

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

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.