The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

From individual differences to collective behavior

Date: 
Mon, 06/03/2019 - 5:00pm
Meeting point: 
Poppelsdorfer Schloss
Location: 
Lecture hall
Event type: 
Lecture
Event series: 
Colloquium on evolution and biodiversity
Target group: 
Studierende
Lecturer: 
Dr. David Bierbach, Humboldt University of Berlin & Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

In some species, the synchronization of individual behavior can give rise to complex and coordinated group performances (e.g. flocking of birds, herding of quadrupeds, swarming of insects or shoaling of fish).

Here, large numbers of individuals move aligned and with synchronized speeds, thus giving the impression of a single organism. These large-scale dynamic patterns emerge in a self-organized fashion, e.g., by simple interactions among participating individuals. Interestingly, individuals may differ consistently in their behavior (‘animal personality’) which can affect the emerging collective behavior.

I will outline my research on how individual differences in genetically identical fish can emerge, how to study social interaction rules using biomimetic robots and how simple individual behaviors can give rise to complex collective performances during predator evasion.

Contact person

Head of Section
+49 228 9122-241
+49 228 9122-295
h.waegele [at] leibniz-zfmk.de

Colloquium on biology

Prof. Dr. H. Wägele
Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig,
Adenauerallee 160, 53113 Bonn, Germany
 
Prof. Dr. G. von der Emde
Institute of Zoology, Poppelsdorfer Schloss,
Meckenheimer Allee 169, 53115 Bonn, Germany

Place: Great lecture hall, Poppelsdorfer Schloß
Time: mondays, 17.15 h

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