Fred Adler will be visiting UCSB next week and giving the EEMB departmental seminar on Monday, Oct 10 at 4 pm in the MSRB Auditorium. The title is "The virtues of waiting, procrastinating and avoiding conflict."
Fred's research spans a huge range of topics in ecology and evolutionary-ecology, much of it relating infectious disease and natural enemies to the behavioral ecology and population dynamics of the interacting species. See http://bioweb.biology.utah.edu/adler/ for more information.
Ants are among the most successful organisms on earth, not least because they have created an impression of being hard-working automatons who put even graduate students to shame. I will show that ants might
in fact succeed in part through waiting for other individuals to make the hard decisions and by avoiding stressful situations. Unfortunately, I have not quite gotten around to proving these results, but will give a sketch of how they could be demonstrated.