The Gordon Lab

Prof. D M Gordon, Dept of Biology, Stanford University

dmgordon at stanford dot edu

Collective behavior takes many forms, such as emergence, self-organization, superorganism, quorum sensing, artificial intelligence, and dynamical networks.

We use ant colonies to investigate systems that operate without central control, and explore analogies with other systems, such as the internet, the immune system, and the brain.

Questions about collective behavior:

  1. How it works:

    How local cues used by individuals add up to the resilient response of the group

  2. How it functions ecologically:

    How the organization responds to a changing environment

  3. How it evolves:

    Which kinds of collective behavior work best in particular conditions

Introduction

Press

Books

Ant Encounters: Interaction Networks and Colony Behavior

Ant Encounters
Interaction Networks and Colony Behavior
Primers in Complex Systems

Ants at Work: How an Insect Society is Organized

Ants at Work
How an Insect Society is Organized

Ants in space

NASA photo

Recent Research