Dalhousie University, June 4 - 7, 2013
This is ongoing work with Dr. John Rumsey and Dr. Michael Ward.
In this talk, I describe a dataset of trajectories of collectively swimming surf scoters (an aquatic duck) during transitions between order and disorder. The data is used to determine signatures of the transition, and what inter-individual interactions permit efficient recovery of order in these groups. Results suggest an adaptive explanation for the individual rules adopted by group members: those which permit flexibility and efficient recovery of order from a perturbation.