Dr. Vishwanath Varma

Department of Collective Behavior

Main Focus

I have been involved with research on biological clocks, evolution, and animal behaviour, and have worked with flies, fish, and now, locusts. I am interested in broader principles underlying synchronized or coordinated behaviour, and the effects of individual variation in tendencies and motivations on the organization of groups of animals. Currently, I am looking at how collective foraging in locusts is modulated by food quality and individual nutritional states, using a combination of experiments and agent based models.

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