Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP180100154 [ 2018-02-09 - 2022-08-31 ]

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Researchers: A/Prof Martin Burd (Chief Investigator) ,  Dr Julian Garcia Gallego (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Dr Bernd Meyer (Chief Investigator) ,  Asst Prof Joachim Offenberg (Partner Investigator) ,  Prof Dr Arne Traulsen (Partner Investigator)

Brief description Modelling collective behaviour to protect social insect ecosystem services. This project aims to use mathematical models and computer simulations and biological experiments to investigate how social insects adapt to environmental stress, for example due to climate change and pollution. Fundamental to the adaptability of social insects are the complex mechanisms that allow colonies to maintain a carefully balanced division of labour (DOL). This project builds on evolutionary game theory to develop a new approach for analysing how environmental factors impact on DOL and thus colony viability. The project will deliver new methods to assess and predict the impact of environmental stress This will ultimately help to protect these keystones of biodiversity and the significant ecosystem services they provide as pest-control agents, through pollination, seed dispersal, and soil conditioning.

Funding Amount $325,250

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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