I am a Senior Lecturer in Ecology in the Department of Biology at the University of York, and also an active member of the interdisciplinary York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis. I am a behavioural ecologist. My research on organisation of social groups, using ants as a model system, combines theoretical modelling with lab and field experiments to identify the individual behaviours underlying adaptive group processes.
Key areas of work include:
Collective foraging & communication networks;
Collective decision-making & distributed systems;
Division of labour & organisational resilience;
Invasive species & successful behavioural strategies;
Collective behavioural syndromes;
Distributed colony organisation (polydomy) in ants;
Response of social systems to habitat change.