sepideH bazazi



Bazazi, S., Bartumeus, F., Hale, J.J., & Couzin, I.D. (2012) Intermittent motion in desert locusts: behavioural complexity in simple environments. PloS Computational Biology, 8(5), e1002498 . (pdf)

Bazazi, S., Pfennig, K.S., Hardegard, N.O. & Couzin, I.D. (2012) Vortex formation and foraging behaviour in Spadefoot toad tadpoles, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 66(6), 879-889.

Hansen, M.J., Buhl, J., Bazazi, S., Simpson, S.J., Sword, G.A. (2011) Cannibalism in the life boat- collective movement in Australian plague locusts, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 65(9), 1715-1720.

Bazazi, S., Romanczuk, P., Thomas, S., Schimansky-Geier, L., Hale, J.J., Miller, G.A., Sword, G.A., Simpson, S.J. & Couzin, I.D. (2011) Nutritional state and collective motion: from individuals to mass migrations, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 278(1704), 356-363. (pdf)

Bazazi, S., Ioannou C.C., Simpson, S.J., Sword, G.A., Torney, C., Lorch, P.D. & Couzin, I.D.  (2010) The social context of cannibalism in migratory bands of the Mormon cricket, PLoS ONE, 5(12), e15118. (pdf)

Bazazi, S., Buhl, J., Hale, J.J., Anstey, M.L., Sword, G.A., Simpson, S.J. & Couzin, I.D.(2008) Collective motion and cannibalism in locust marching bands. Current Biology 18(10), 735-739. (pdf)

RESEARCH Interests



I am interested in the role of individuals within groups and how their behaviour affects the organisation and collective behaviour of the group. I use experimental work in the lab and field to address this topic. Currently I am researching how nutrition affects division of labour in ants colonies (Odontomachus hastatus).

For my PhD I studied juvenile desert locusts, Schistocerca gregaria, examining how aggressive cannibalistic interactions between individuals within a group influence their collective motion, and how the nutritional state of locusts affects their individual and collective behaviour. I also examined the role of cannibalistic behaviour in the alignment of individuals within mobile groups by carrying out fieldwork on the Mormon cricket, Anabrus simplex. I also investigated tadpole schooling and vortex formation as a social foraging mechanism in spadefoot toad tadpoles.

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