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Dr Christos C IoannouBSc(U.C.Lond.), PhD(Leeds)

Lecturer and NERC Fellow

Christos Ioannou

Dr Christos C IoannouBSc(U.C.Lond.), PhD(Leeds)

Lecturer and NERC Fellow

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Research interests

Since my PhD with Prof. Jens Krause at the University of Leeds, I've been interested in the evolution of group living in animals and how these groups form and are maintained. My research has covered mutliple aspects of group living, including more subtle group properties such why groups show polarisation (all individuals facing the same direction) or leadership rather than egalitarianism. I generally use fish as a model system to test predictions and assumptions of theoretical models; working alongside modellers has been and continues to be a big part of my research.

Collective behaviour is a very inter-disciplinery area of research as it has importance to any organism that interacts socially, from microbes and plants all the way to humans. Although my training is very much in animal behaviour and behavioural ecology, I try to keep a broad perspective and collaborate with researchers in other fields. This includes physics and mathematics which provides a solid theoretical grounding for group processes and new analytic tools, and psychology which has a long history of studying social relationships in humans, many aspects of which apply to non-human animals as well.

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Postal address:
Life Sciences Building
24 Tyndall Avenue
United Kingdom

Selected research outputs

  1. Published

    Predatory Fish Select for Coordinated Collective Motion in Virtual Prey

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

  2. Published

    Emergent Sensing of Complex Environments by Mobile Animal Groups

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

  3. Published

    Uninformed individuals promote democratic consensus in animal groups

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

  4. Published

    Inferring the structure and dynamics of interactions in schooling fish

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

  5. Published

    Unified effects of aggregation reveal larger prey groups take longer to find

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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