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Grant Doering

Graduate Student Researcher


Favorite composer: Jan Dismas Zelenka 

Research Area

My research focus is on ants behavior. I am currently working on collective decision making in polydomy, which is a nesting configuration where one ant colony will occupy multiple nests simultaneously. Certain ant species transition back and forth between polydomy (multiple nests) and monodomy (one nest) in a cycle of splitting and reunification; I'm studying how and why they do this. Due to my engineering background, I hope to incorporate mathematical modeling to this research.