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Mathematical Biology Seminar
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 06:00
GBAD 103

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In the late spring and early summer, honeybees swarm for the purpose of selecting a new home.  They engage in a decision-making process, a "Honeybee Democracy" as Thomas Seeley has called it, during which the swarm's scout bees examine the surrounding area for new sites and report back on quality and location.  The process continues until a sufficient number of scouts agree on a site.  A swarm is remarkably effective in choosing the best site when many are available.  In this talk I will continue discussion of  a stochastic site-selection model incorporating ideas from random walk and branching process models, allowing for dependence based on the populations of bees advocating for potential sites. Part 1 is not necessary background, as it will be reviewed in this talk.