• 420 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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Research Outputs

  • 420 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
  • 16 Article
  • 4 Review article
  • 1 Comment/opinion

Dual ecosystem services of syrphid flies (Diptera: Syrphidae): pollinators and biological control agents

Dunn, L., Lequerica, M., Reid, C. R. & Latty, T., Jun 2020, In : Pest Management Science. 76, 6, p. 1973-1979 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    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., Apr 2020, In : Urban Ecosystems. 23, 2, p. 345-354 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    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 journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    53 Downloads (Pure)

    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 journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    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 journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)