For more information about this meeting, contact Tim Reluga, Stephanie Zerby, Andrew Belmonte, Chun Liu.
|Title:||Street fighters - Territorial scaling in ant battles|
|Seminar:||Mathematical Biology and Physiology Seminar|
|Speaker:||Fred Adler, Department of Mathematics, University of Utah|
|The pavement ant Tetramorium caespitum wages huge battles on sidewalks,
apparently to establish territorial foraging boundaries for the season.
We used empirical data to create a model of where these boundaries will
develop as a function of the recruitment strategies of the ants. Larger
colonies gain disproportionately large territories, leading to a scaling
relationship of colony size with territory size with a slope that can be
estimated analytically and which depends in counterintuitive ways on
ecological conditions and the strength of recruitment.|
Room Reservation Information
|Date:||02 / 28 / 2014|
|Time:||12:00pm - 01:00pm|