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Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

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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

Room Number:MB114
Date:02 / 28 / 2014
Time:12:00pm - 01:00pm