Up-Goer Five

In the spirit of making scientific ideas accessible to everyone, I took the Up-Goer Five Challenge to express my research topic using only the thousand most common words in the English language. Here is what I came up with:

Animals that live in groups often have to agree on what to do and where to go, even when they all have different needs. Since no one controls the group from the outside, all of the deciding has to come from within the group. I am interested in figuring out who leads the group, or whether many animals lead together. To answer these questions, I study how animals move in controlled situations inside, and also during their normal lives in the outside world. I track where all of the animals go over time, and use this to work out who is leading, and how they are doing it. I am interested in finding out whether different animals take up different spots in a group, and whether they play different parts in deciding what the group does.

Try it yourself here!