Rothamsted Research

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Our research on Movement Pattern Modelling uses advances made in the novel physics and mathematics of optimal searching, random walks and turbulence to develop predictive, validated mechanistic models of invertebrate movement patterns over landscape and regional scales.

Areas of scientific expertise:

We are responsible for developing predictive, validated mechanistic models of invertebrate movement patterns over landscape and regional scales. This research underpins Rothamsted Research strategic goal of understanding the impact of insects in agriculture, as pests, vectors of disease and pollinators. The work is arousing considerable interest amongst biologists, physicists and the general public because it is showing how advances made in the novel physics and mathematics of optimal searching, random walks and turbulence can illuminate the evolved, innate ways in which insects search across multiple scales. The research has been reported on by Nature, Science, BBC News, BBC Radio, ITV Anglia News, The New York Times, Der Speigel and others.

Linkage to ISPG This work is being done in support of the ISPG 'Delivering Sustainable Systems' as part of the 'Movement and Spatial Ecology' and 'The movement and spatial ecology of pollinators and their impact on pollination' Work packages.

Projects:

Science Team