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posted on 12.06.2017, 23:55 by THOMAS BOCHYNEK
Large-scale collective infrastructure construction is only known in two groups of animals: humans and social insects. Leaf-cutter ants construct networks of cleared trails spanning several kilometres, from which they remove all organic litter and undergrowth. Little research exists on their function or on how they are constructed. I introduce a model calculating costs and benefits of their use, and a simulation of the clearing behaviour based on behavioural experiments. In an evolutionary game theory setting, I explore the connection between trail clearing and territory size dynamics, and how these influenced the evolution of the behaviour.

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Campus location

Australia

Principal supervisor

Bernd Meyer

Additional supervisor 1

Martin Burd

Year of Award

2017

Department, School or Centre

Caulfield School of IT

Course

Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type

Doctorate

Faculty

Faculty of Information Technology

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