Data from: Nest architecture shapes the collective behavior of harvester ants
Pinter-Wollman, Noa (2015), Data from: Nest architecture shapes the collective behavior of harvester ants, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.35rt2
Structures influence how individuals interact and, therefore, shape the collective behaviours that emerge from these interactions. Here I show that the structure of a nest influences the collective behaviour of harvester ant colonies. Using network analysis, I quantify nest architecture and find that as chamber connectivity and redundancy of connections among chambers increase, so does a colony's speed of recruitment to food. Interestingly, the volume of the chambers did not influence speed of recruitment, suggesting that the spatial organization of a nest has a greater impact on collective behaviour than the number of workers it can hold. Thus, by changing spatial constraints on social interactions organisms can modify their behaviour and impact their fitness.