Collective behavior

Exchanges of information among organisms ultimately lead to collective behavior. We study how within- and among-species collective behaviors evolve, operate, and affect ecosystem dynamics.

Some specific topics are:

Evolution of collective behavior (w/Hein Group)

Behavioral cascades and misinformation spread in natural systems (w/Hein Group, Melanie Moses at U New Mexico).

Evolution of social inhibition and collective decision-making (w/Hein Group, Mike Gil)

Some papers in this area are:

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

Gil, Baskett, Munch, & Hein. 2020Fast behavioral feedbacks make ecosystems sensitive to pace and not just magnitude of environmental change. PNAS.

Hein, Gil, Twomey, Couzin, Levin. 2018Conserved behavioral circuits govern high-speed decision making in wild fish shoals. PNAS. 

Gil, Hein, Spiegel, Baskett, Sih. 2018Social information can link individual behavior to ecological dynamics. Trends Ecol. Evol. 

Hughey, Hein, Strandburg-Peshkin, Jensen. 2018. Challenges and solutions for studying collective animal behavior in the wild. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. B.

Hein, Rosenthal, Hagstrom, Berdahl, Torney, Couzin. 2015. The evolution of distributed sensing and collective computation in animal populations. eLife.