Orit Peleg Awarded 2020 Research & Innovation Seed Grant: "Bee-Honeycomb Formation under Geometric Frustration"

April 15, 2020

(a) Schematic of colony foraging model with two feeders (e.g. flowers or feeder boxes)

Social inhibition maintains adaptivity and consensus of honeybees foraging in dynamic environments

Dec. 30, 2019

To effectively forage in natural environments, organisms must adapt to changes in the quality and yield of food sources across multiple timescales. Individuals foraging in groups act based on both their private observations and the opinions of their neighbours. How do these information sources interact in changing environments? We address...

Collective ventilation in honeybee nests

Oct. 29, 2019

European honey bees ( Apis mellifera ) live in large congested nest cavities with a single opening that limits passive ventilation. When the local air temperature exceeds a threshold, the nests are actively ventilated by bees fanning their wings at the nest entrance. Here, we show that colonies with relatively...

Description of the experimental arenas and beetles. Individuals of Scarabaeus ambiguus (left) and S. lamarcki (right) are depicted side-by-side for size comparison

The effect of step size on straight-line orientation

Oct. 29, 2019

Moving along a straight path is a surprisingly difficult task. This is because, with each ensuing step, noise is generated in the motor and sensory systems, causing the animal to deviate from its intended route. When relying solely on internal sensory information to correct for this noise, the directional error...


Do plants have social networks?

May 15, 2019

Humans interact in social networks every day around the office coffee pot, online with Facebook and in their communities through political elections. The structure and connections within these networks and others shape how information is shared. That in turn defines much of our modern life and collective behavior, though little...

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Orit Peleg Wings HFSP Young Investigator Award

March 28, 2019

Congrats to Orit Peleg on the announcement of her Human Frontier Science Program Young Investigator Award for the dynamics of information flow in a social network of mutually shading plants project! The International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) announced today some $35 million to support the top 4% of...

Swarm Test

Work with bees could unlock potential strength of natural designs in new materials

Sept. 17, 2018

The natural world has had billions of years of evolution to perfect systems, creating elegant solutions to tricky problems. CU Boulder Assistant Professor Orit Peleg ’s work hopes to illuminate and explore those solutions with the long-term goal of applying the answers she finds to the materials we interact with...

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Orit Peleg Research Video

Sept. 4, 2018

Orit Peleg is an assistant professor at the BioFrontiers Institute and in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. Peleg seeks to understand the behavior of disordered living systems by merging tools from physics, biology, engineering and computer science.