Chris Reid


  • 359 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
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I study the behaviour of natural complex systems. Complex systems are anything consisting of many individual units, each acting on its own, with no centralised control of the collective. The thousands of tiny interactions between the individuals leads to sophisticated ’emergent’ behaviour at the group level, such as solving mazes and trade-offs, seemingly telepathic group movements or self-assembled structures. I spend my time figuring out the mechanisms and simple behavioural rules that individuals use to gain the benefits of emergent collective behaviour, and working out ways we can implement those rules in human systems.

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Projects 2016 2022

Research Outputs 2011 2019

  • 359 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
  • 17 Article
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Comment/opinion

If you plant it, they will come: quantifying attractiveness of exotic plants for winter-active flower visitors in community gardens

Tasker, P., Reid, C., Young, A. D., Threlfall, C. G. & Latty, T., 13 Dec 2019, In : Urban Ecosystems.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

social attraction

Information transfer during food choice in the slime mold Physarum polycephalum

Ray, S. K., Valentini, G., Shah, P., Haque, A., Reid, C. R., Weber, G. F. & Garnier, S., 19 Mar 2019, In : Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 7, MAR, p. 1-11 11 p., 67.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
slime mould
Physarum polycephalum
information exchange
food choices
molds (fungi)

Route selection but not trail clearing are influenced by detour length in the Australian meat ants

Luo, D., Reid, C. R., Makinson, J. C., Beekman, M. & Latty, T., Feb 2019, In : Insectes Sociaux. 66, 1, p. 47–56 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

lawns and turf

Slimes in the city: the diversity of myxomycetes from inner-city and semi-urban parks in Sydney, Australia

Hosokawa, A., Reid, C. R. & Latty, T., Jun 2019, In : Fungal Ecology. 39, p. 37-44 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

slime mould

Temporal and spatial pattern of trail clearing in the Australian meat ant, Iridomyrmex purpureus

Middleton, E. J. T., Garnier, S., Latty, T. & Reid, C. R., 1 Apr 2019, In : Animal Behaviour. 150, p. 97-111 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Iridomyrmex purpureus