The evolution of milling of schools of fish to protect against predation
|Specifics||Theoretical, computer simulation|
In this master project we focus on the potential function of protection against predation. To date, it has not been shown conclusively that adopting milling behavior helps to reduce the risk of predatory attacks to individuals in comparison to other collective movement states, such as polarised schools and aggregates [2,3]. Yet in their evolutionary modelling of fish schools under threat of predation, Kunz and co-authors  found that milling was the second most frequent strategy that evolved. Thus milling appears to be beneficial as an anti-predatory strategy at least in their experiments. Also in the modelling study of Wood and Auckland  milling was sometimes advantageous.
For more information, contact Charlotte Hemelrijk
Behavioural & Physiological Ecology, Hemelrijk group - Self-organisation of social systems
|Laatst gewijzigd:||14 juli 2016 15:01|