Eciton burchellii is a species of army ant from the Amazon that has a unique nomadic lifestyle. In colonies numbering in the hundreds of thousands, they hunt by day, travelling in a straight line as one unit, and create a bivouac with their bodies by night. Observations from years of research in Peru by Dr. Susan Willson have provided a valuable data set along with an opportunity to study the inter-colony interactions of these ants and how they optimize their movements. Taking an interdisciplinary approach involving mathematics, computer science, biology, and statistics, Lehmann is creating a computer program to process this massive data set and to analyze the patterns these ants exhibit.
Mr. Thomas Woodruff Lehmann
Center Sandwich, NH