The complex adaptive dynamics of honeybee societies
Monday, June 14 at 5:45pm (PDT)Tuesday, June 15 at 01:45am (BST)Tuesday, June 15 09:45am (KST)
Jun Chen (Arizona State University, USA), Yun Kang (Arizona State University, USA), Gabriela Zuloaga (Arizona State University, USA)
Social insect colonies are complex adaptive systems where collective behavior emerging from local interactions determines group survival in dynamic environments, which include parasites, epidemics, seasonality and human behavior. Honeybees are ideal model organisms to study how social systems adapt to complex environmental changes since both group and individual features can be experimentally measured and manipulated. They also play an irreplaceable role in ecology, agriculture and economy through, for example, pollination and honey production. Our session will discuss how honeybee colonies maintain their health and social organization while adapting to the dynamic environmental factors. This mini-symposia will bring together a group of distinguished applied mathematicians and biologists who have great expertise in applying experimental approaches, mathematical models and theory to focus on complex adaptive systems in dynamic environments. It will provide an effective platform for presenting and discussing current research as well as generating connections and promoting collaboration in an interdisciplinary group of researchers across different universities and career stages.