AIAS Fellows' Seminar: Frants H. Jensen, AIAS Fellow

Pod thinking: Collective foraging in social toothed whales

2016.06.30 | AIAS

Date Mon 21 Nov
Time 14:15 16:15
Location The AIAS Auditorium, Building 1632, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C


Animals exhibit remarkable examples of collective movement spanning a broad range of time scales, from rapid antipredator behaviors by schools of fish to long-range migrations in search of resources. The rapid, organized motion seen during antipredator behaviors have inspired telepathy or hive mind theories, but can in reality be explained by relatively simple interaction rules shaped by evolution. Here I will walk through our current understanding of collective decision-making before describing my current research into the social foraging strategies of deep-diving toothed whales, with a focus on how acoustic signals help mediate group coordination.


Short bio

Frants is a behavioral ecologist and bioacoustician interested in how social animals solve ecological challenges. His research is centered around high-resolution empirical studies of moving animal groups using biologging tags. Frants got his PhD from Aarhus University in 2011 and has since held postdoctoral fellowships at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA, USA, and Princeton University, NJ, USA.

Frants Jensen's project at AIAS


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