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The evolution of milling of schools of fish to protect against predation


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Starting date year-round
Specifics Theoretical, computer simulation

Project description

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 [4] 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 [5] milling was sometimes advantageous.

Contact information

For more information, contact Charlotte Hemelrijk

More information

Behavioural & Physiological Ecology, Hemelrijk group - Self-organisation of social systems

Laatst gewijzigd:14 juli 2016 15:01