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Joint CoCo/EvoS Seminar

Termites as Models of Swarm Cognition

Dr. J. Scott Turner

Professor of Biology

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry


Monday, February 1st, 2016


Academic Building A (AA) G008


The mounds of the fungus-cultivating termites of southern Africa are one of the planet's most spectacular animal-built structures. These mounds are extensions of the underground colony, capturing wind and solar energy to power the colony's respiratory gas exchange. How the termites "know" to build such a structure has been a persistent question for several decades. I will argue that the mound is an expression of a rich collective cognitive intelligence.


Dr. J. Scott Turner is a Professor of Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. His research interests include organism-environment interaction, physiology of social insects, and thermal energetics and thermoregulation of animals, among others.


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