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Haverford Flocking Research in the News

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Research conducted by Haverford physics major Elias Tousley and faculty member Suzanne Amador Kane reveals a sophisticated level of flight coordination among bird mobs.

At this year's March Meeting of the American Physical Society, physics junior Elias Tousley gave a talk on his research on mobbing:  a phenomenon whereby prey animals harass and even attack a predator.  This work by the research group of Associate Professor Suzanne Amador Kane revealed complex behavior by the mobbing birds as they coordinate their attacks and craft complex trajectories to avoid assault by the predator.  This research will continue this summer as physics sophomore Emily Cunningham and Tousley return to study mobbing in a broader array of species and locations.

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