Exciting news. Lisa has had the first paper from her PhD research accepted in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, an outstanding achievement!  In the paper titled “Leaders benefit followers in the collective movement of a social sawfly”, we show that aggregations of Perga affinis sawflies have mixtures of leaders and followers, and that although there is no advantage to being a leader per se, when we do a bit of social manipulation and create groups of ‘all leaders, all followers or a natural mixture of leaders and followers’ then the groups that have the mixture do better than the ‘all leader’ or ‘all follower’ groups. The research thus has really interesting insights into why followers allow leaders to lead – it benefits them also. Might this also be the case for human societies (raised eyebrow)?


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