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Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

For more information about this meeting, contact Tim Reluga, Ying Yang, 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
Abstract:
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