Movement sets the pace and scale of life. We are 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 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
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.