Iain and Simon Gingins in a new piece by the California Academy of Sciences’ bioGraphic Magazine.
In our paper “Emergent sensing of complex environments by mobile animal groups“, published in Science, we immerse groups of schooling fish simulated environments where they attempt to seek out preferred habitat. This allows us to reveal how animal groups use emergent sensing as a strategy for taxis in complex and dynamic environments. This paper is available open access from our publications page.
The short movie below shows a portion of an experiment in both visible (top panel) and infrared (bottom panel).
In our paper “Predatory fish select for coordinated collective motion in virtual prey”, published in Science, we allow real predatory fish to play an immersive video game in which they hunt simulated prey. This allows us to reveal how predators exert selection pressure on social interactions among prey. This paper is available open access from our publications page.
Here is a short movie summarizing our experiment:
We employ high frequency sonar imaging to explore The Dynamics of Coordinated Group Hunting and Collective Information Transfer among Schooling Prey, published in Current Biology. Accompanying our paper is a short video abstract aimed at a broad audience which highlights the methods and the results of the paper:
You can find out more by reading the full paper.
We make number 5 with the below paper, but what happened to our much more cited paper Couzin et al. (2005) “Effective leadership and decision-making in animal groups on the move” Nature? I contacted LabTimes and they kindly explained that their automated system did not pick up on it die to it having a shared UK and US address (Oxford and Princeton). Och well.
5. Couzin, ID; Krause, J; James, R;
Establishing the decision-making circuits and networks that give rise to individual behavior has been a central goal of neuroscience. However, the analogous problem of determining the structure of the communication network among organisms that gives rise to coordinated collective behavior, such as is exhibited by schooling fish and flocking birds, has remained almost entirely neglected. In a recent paper from Iain Couzin’s lab, “Revealing the hidden networks of interaction in mobile animal groups allows prediction of complex behavioral contagion”,