SMS scnews item created by Sean Gardiner at Mon 18 May 2015 1523
Type: Seminar
Distribution: World
Expiry: 22 May 2015
Calendar1: 21 May 2015 1300-1400
CalLoc1: New Law 104

SUMS: Myerscough -- Multiscale, multidisciplinary and multi-method: How (mathematical) honey bees find a home

For this week’s SUMS talk we are lucky to have Mary Myerscough as speaker.  

Social insects - ants, bees, termites and wasps - live in colonies of
thousands, sometimes millions, of simple individual insects that interact in basic ways,
but together they form a colony that is capable of finely tuned, sophisticated
behaviour.  Maths provides powerful tools to explore the links between simple
individuals and complex, self-organising colonies.  

I will show how collaboration between mathematics and experimental science has enabled
us to unpick how bees can make an accurate communal decision about choosing a new nest
site, even though each bee has only visited one potential new home.  The maths ranges
from slightly bodgy linear algebra, through stochastic processes and ODEs to frank
computer modelling.

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