Dan Charbonneau is a behavioral ecologist studying social insect behavior with expertise in biostatistics, computer vision and object tracking, and applying data engineering and data science methods to biological questions. Broadly, his research aims to understand how groups function, and often excel, because of and in spite of the individuals that compose them. He is interested in how work is allocated in decentralized complex systems, particularly in the role of ‘task-less’ workers (‘inactive’ and ‘interactive’ workers) in task allocation, and how colonies adjust workers to workload in dynamic environments.
Dan has a PhD in Entomology from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the UA’s School of Information he served as Postdoctoral Researcher at ASU at the University of Pennsylvania.