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Reaction waves in social groups

Jorna, J. J. G. (2014) Reaction waves in social groups. Bachelor's Thesis, Biology.

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Biological waves occur in many social species. Bird flocks, insect colonies, fish schools and groups of mammals all seem to benefit from the formation of waves as an anti-predator response. In this paper I will discuss studies by Kastberger et al. on giant honeybees and Procaccini et al. on starlings, primarily focussing on the mechanics underlying these waves. Through the use of the wave equation derived from physics I will explain how to justify addressing these phenomena as waves, and how to place the wave variables covered in the wave equation in a biological context. I concluded that while many papers address collective behavioural phenomena as waves, there are few amongst them who have rightly justified doing so. Using the wave equation in a biological context might be usefull to not only justify addressing these phenomena as waves but also to provide a means to research important variables and discover the mechanisms underneath.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:56
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:56

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