We use concepts and techniques from Statistical Physics to study biological foraging. In the Biological Physics Lab, we conduct experiments with confined termites, filming, tracking, and analyzing the behavior of each individual.
Our group has investigated effects of space restriction and social interactions on movement patterns of termites, which are very evolutionarily successful social insects. Our results indicate that termites have superdiffusive behavior and that social interactions modify their movement pattern.
Coordinator: Letícia Ribeiro de Paiva