Senior lecturer, University of Sydney
I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney. I am interested in understanding how simple organisms like ants, bees, and slime moulds, are able to solve problems by working together as a group. Amazingly, slime moulds can solve mazes, anticipate events and can make ‘clever’ dining decisions. Ant colonies can build efficient transportation networks and can rapidly adapt to changes in the environment. Understanding how these simple creature accomplish such astonishing feats may help us design better and smarter computer systems. I am also broadly interested in slime mould ecology and insect behaviour.
I am also interested in insect pollination and bee ecology, especially in urban and agricultural environments.
Walking through our gardens in Australia, we may not realise that buzzing around us is one of our greatest natural resources. Bees are responsible for pollinating about a third of food for human consumption, and data on...
Its often said that ants can predict impending rain and respond by changing their behaviour. Some people say that if you see ants building their mounds higher, or building them from different materials, this might...