Multiscale multistage ecological and evolutionary modeling with applications to social insect colonies

Project: Research project

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Overview: Social insect colonies, such as bees, ants, wasps, present an excellent system in which to model organizational challenges for complex societies, because (i). they scale from small groups of a few individuals to large-scale societies of thousands to millions; (ii). their life cycles can be divided into the founding, the ergonomic growth, and the reproductive stage while individual insect goes through egg, pupae, larvae, and adult stages; and (iii). each colony stage is shaped by a distinctive blend of multilevel nonlinear social interactions with potential multilevel fitness effects from individual to colony levels. Social insect biologists face the challenge of integrating the individual and colony levels of organization. Current ecological and evolutionary models do not adequately integrate the different levels of interactions in a colony and do not capture the complexity of the internal dynamics within social groups as well as their evolutionary outcomes.

Effective start/end date9/1/218/31/24


  • National Science Foundation (NSF): $175,935.00


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