Dr Jerome Buhl

Jerome Buhl
ARC Future Fellow - Senior Lecturer
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences

Jerome Buhl is a Senior Lecturer in Plant Protection the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at the University of Adelaide. He combines lab and field experiments with computational biology and field robotics to study insect collective behaviour and its application to agriculture and pest control.

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Dr Jerome Buhl

Jerome Buhl is a Senior Lecturer in Plant Protection the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at the University of Adelaide. He combines lab and field experiments with computational biology and field robotics to study insect collective behaviour and its application to agriculture and pest control.

Current research projects - Insect Collective Behaviour

Locust collective movement

To develop a better understanding of locust collective movement, we are combining lab and field experiments (which involve innovative techniques such as tracking individuals with a UAV) with computer simulations, which allow us to simulate up to millions of locusts using CUDA (parrallel computation on graphic cards). Ultimately, our goal is to build a model that will provide control operations with a better knowledge of band movement and trajectories so that improved methods such as barrier spraying can be optimized.

Collective nutrition in social insects

Nutrition is at the centre of most collective behaviour phenomena. In social insects such as ants and termites, foraging is handled by a sub-group of workers who not only have to fulfil their own nutritional requirements but also provide the rest of the colony with the nutrients they require. How does the information pertaining to the nutritional state of the colony flows and how do workers adapt their foraging strategies in order to achieve efficient communal nutrition? We will tackle these questions using a combination of lab experiments, tracking nutrients with fluorescent dies and individuals with miniature barcodes, and computer simulations implementing the behaviour and nutritional processes as well as their evolution.


Date Position Institution name
2014 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
2012 - 2016 ARC Future Fellow University of Sydney
2006 - 2012 Postdoctoral fellow University of Sydney
2005 - 2006 Postdoctoral fellow University of Oxford

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Amount
2012 - 2016 ARC Future Fellowship Australian Research Council

Language Competencies

Language Competency
English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
French Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review


Date Institution name Country Title
2000 - 2004 Paul Sabatier University France PhD
1999 - 2000 Paul Sabatier University France Master of Research, Biology
1996 - 1999 Louis Pasteur University France Licence+Maitrise of Biology


Behavioural Ecology, Biological Mathematics, Entomology, Evolutionary Biology, Simulation and Modelling


Date Citation
2016 Hu,F, Escudero,C, Buhl,J, Simpson,SJ, 2016, Application of quorum response and information entropy to animal collective motion modeling, Complexity, 21, S1, 584-592 10.1002/cplx.21772
2016 Dussutour,A, Poissonnier,LA, Buhl,J, Simpson,SJ, 2016, Resistance to nutritional stress in ants: When being fat is advantageous, Journal of Experimental Biology, 219, 6, 824-833 10.1242/jeb.136234
2016 Lihoreau,M, Clarke,IM, Buhl,J, Sumpter,DJT, Simpson,SJ, 2016, 1ollective selection of food patches in Drosophila, Journal of Experimental Biology, 219, 5, 668-675 10.1242/jeb.127431
2016 Senior,AM, Lihoreau,M, Charleston,MA, Buhl,J, Raubenheimer,D, Simpson,SJ, 2016, Adaptive collective foraging in groups with conflicting nutritional needs, Royal Society Open Science, 3, 4, 150638-1-150638-15 10.1098/rsos.150638
2016 Senior,AM, Lihoreau,M, Buhl,J, Raubenheimer,D, Simpson,SJ, 2016, Social network analysis and nutritional behavior: An integrated modeling approach, Frontiers in Psychology, 7, JAN, 18-18 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00018
2016 Buhl,J, Rogers,S, 2016, Mechanisms underpinning aggregation and collective movement by insect groups, Current Opinion in Insect Science, 15, 125-130 10.1016/j.cois.2016.04.011
2015 Dyson,L, Yates,CA, Buhl,J, McKane,AJ, 2015, Onset of collective motion in locusts is captured by a minimal model, Physical Review E, 92, 5, 052708-1-052708-7 10.1103/PhysRevE.92.052708
2015 Herbert-Read,JE, Buhl,J, Hu,F, Ward,AJ, Sumpter,DJ, 2015, Initiation and spread of escape waves within animal groups, Royal Society Open Science, 2, 4, 1403550-1-140355-11 10.1098/rsos.140355
2015 Senior,A, Charleston,MA, Lihoreau,M, Buhl,J, Raubenheimer,D, Simpson,SJ, 2015, Evolving nutritional strategies in the presence of competition: a geometric agent-based model, PLoS Computational Biology, 11, 3, e1004111-1-e1004111-24 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004111
2015 Romey,WL, Smith,AL, Buhl,J, 2015, Flash expansion and the repulsive herd, Animal Behaviour, 110, 171-178 10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.09.017
2015 Lihoreau,M, Buhl,J, Charleston,MA, Sword,GA, Raubenheimer,D, Simpson,SJ, 2015, Nutritional ecology beyond the individual: a conceptual framework for integrating nutrition and social interactions, Ecology Letters, 18, 3, 273-286 10.1111/ele.12406
2014 Gautrais,J, Buhl,J, Valverde,S, Kuntz,P, Theraulaz,G, 2014, The role of colony size on tunnel branching morphogenesis in ant nests, PLoS One, 9, 10, e109436-1-e109436-11 10.1371/journal.pone.0109436
2014 Lihoreau,M, Buhl,J, Charleston,MA, Sword,GA, Raubenheimer,D, Simpson,SJ, 2014, Modelling nutrition across organizational levels: from individuals to superorganisms, Journal of Insect Physiology, 69, 2-11 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2014.03.004
2012 Cummings,DO, Buhl,J, Lee,RW, Simpson,SJ, Holmes,SP, 2012, Estimating niche width using stable isotopes in the face of habitat variability: a modelling case study in the marine environment, PLoS One, 7, 8, e40539-1-e40539-14 10.1371/journal.pone.0040539
2012 Buhl,J, Sword,GA, Simpson,SJ, 2012, Using field data to test locust migratory band collective movement models, Interface Focus, 2, 6, 757-763 10.1098/rsfs.2012.0024
2011 Hansen,MJ, Buhl,J, Bazazi,S, Simpson,SJ, Sword,GA, 2011, Cannibalism in the lifeboat - collective movement in Australian plague locusts, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 65, 9, 1715-1720 10.1007/s00265-011-1179-1
2011 Buhl,J, Sword,GA, Clissold,FJ, Simpson,SJ, 2011, Group structure in locust migratory bands, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 65, 2, 265-273 10.1007/s00265-010-1041-x
2010 Escudero,C, Yates,CA, Buhl,J, Couzin,ID, Erban,R, Kevrekidis,IG, Maini,PK, 2010, Ergodic directional switching in mobile insect groups, Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, 82, 1, - 10.1103/PhysRevE.82.011926
2009 Buhl,J, Hicks,K, Miller,ER, Persey,S, Alinvi,O, Sumpter,DJT, 2009, Shape and efficiency of wood ant foraging networks, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 63, 3, 451-460 10.1007/s00265-008-0680-7
2009 Yates,CA, Erban,R, Escudero,C, Couzin,ID, Buhl,J, Kevrekidis,IG, Maini,PK, Sumpter,DJT, 2009, Inherent noise can facilitate coherence in collective swarm motion, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106, 14, 5464-5469 10.1073/pnas.0811195106
2008 Sumpter,D, Buhl,J, Biro,D, Couzin,I, 2008, Information transfer in moving animal groups, Theory in Biosciences, 127, 2, 177-186 10.1007/s12064-008-0040-1
2008 Bazazi,S, Buhl,J, Hale,JJ, Anstey,ML, Sword,GA, Simpson,SJ, Couzin,ID, 2008, Collective motion and cannibalism in locust migratory bands, Current Biology, 18, 10, 735-739 10.1016/j.cub.2008.04.035
2006 Buhl,J, Sumpter,DJT, Couzin,ID, Hale,JJ, Despland,E, Miller,ER, Simpson,SJ, 2006, From disorder to order in marching locusts, Science, 312, 5778, 1402-1406 10.1126/science.1125142
2006 Buhl,J, Gautrais,J, Reeves,N, Solé,RV, Valverde,S, Kuntz,P, Theraulaz,G, 2006, Topological patterns in street networks of self-organized urban settlements, European Physical Journal B, 49, 4, 513-522 10.1140/epjb/e2006-00085-1
2006 Buhl,J, Gautrais,J, Louis Deneubourg,J, Kuntz,P, Theraulaz,G, 2006, The growth and form of tunnelling networks in ants, Journal of Theoretical Biology, 243, 3, 287-298 10.1016/j.jtbi.2006.06.018
2005 Buhl,J, Deneubourg,JL, Grimal,A, Theraulaz,G, 2005, Self-organized digging activity in ant colonies, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 58, 1, 9-17 10.1007/s00265-004-0906-2
2004 Buhl,J, Gautrais,J, Deneubourg,JL, Theraulaz,G, 2004, Nest excavation in ants: Group size effects on the size and structure of tunneling networks, Naturwissenschaften, 91, 12, 602-606 10.1007/s00114-004-0577-x
2004 Buhl,J, Gautrais,J, Solé,RV, Kuntz,P, Valverde,S, Deneubourg,JL, Theraulaz,G, 2004, Efficiency and robustness in ant networks of galleries, European Physical Journal B, 42, 1, 123-129 10.1140/epjb/e2004-00364-9

Conference Papers

Date Citation
2002 Buhl,J, Deneubourg,JL, Theraulaz,G, 2002, Self-organized networks of galleries in the ant Messor sancta







ARC Discovery Projects



A/Prof Ashley Ward ; A/Prof Mary Myerscough ; Prof Dr Jens Krause ; Dr Jerome Buhl


Leadership matters: the emergence of informed leaders and their influence on group movement


ARC Future Fellowship



Dr Jerome Buhl


From individuals to mass organisation: aggregation, synchronisation and collective movement in locusts


ARC Linkage Projects



Prof Stephen Simpson ; Prof Edward Holmes ; Dr Jerome Buhl ; Prof Kenneth Wilson ; Dr James Woodman


Making Green Guard® greener: enhancing the efficacy of a biopesticide



ARC Future Fellow - Senior Lecturer
Waite Building
Room Number
1 16a
Org Unit
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine