Helder Hugo is a behavioural ecologist interested in how animal groups form, function and evolve. Currently, his PhD research focuses on the mechanisms of coordinated collective motion and decision-making in animal societies.
In addition to his work at the Dept. of Collective Behaviour in Germany, Helder develops fieldwork in the Brazilian Cerrado in collaboration with the Dept. of Entomology at the Federal University of Viçosa. His approach combines both laboratory and field experiments with advanced computer vision techniques to quantify collective behaviours in Neotropical termite species.
His background includes a BSc & Licenciatura in Biological Sciences (2009), an MSc in Entomology (2016), besides theoretical and practical experience in (i) systematics and ecology of spiders, (ii) integrated pest management, (iii) applied biological control, and (iv) behavioural ecology of termites.