A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Reynolds, A. M. 2018. Fluctuating environments drive insect swarms into a new state that is robust to perturbations. EPL. 124, p. 38001.
|Authors||Reynolds, A. M.|
In contrast with laboratory insect swarms, wild insect swarms display significant coordinated behaviour. Here it is hypothesised that the presence of a fluctuating environment drives the formation of transient, local order (synchronized subgroups), and that this local order pushes the swarm as a whole into a new state that is robust to environmental perturbations. The hypothesis finds support in a theoretical analysis and in an analysis of pre-existing telemetry data for swarming mosquitoes. I suggest that local order is sufficient to make swarms fault-tolerant and that the swarm state and structure may be tuneable with environmental noise as a control parameter. The new theory opens a window onto thermodynamic descriptions of swarm behaviours and extends a long-standing analogy with self-gravitating systems.
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Journal citation||124, p. 38001|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1209/0295-5075/124/38001|
|Open access||Published as ‘gold’ (paid) open access|
|Funder||Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council|
|Funder project or code||BBSRC Strategic Programme in Smart Crop Protection|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Online||06 Dec 2018|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||07 Nov 2018|
|Publisher||IOP Publishing Ltd|
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