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Matthew Lutz

Matthew is currently a PhD student in the Couzin Lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. With a background in architecture, Matthew is interested in self-organizing structures at multiple scales that emerge from the activity of individuals following local rules. His current research is focused on self-assemblages in the army ant Eciton Burchellii, examining the rules behind the formation of adaptive bridges that serve to optimize the trail network, as well as the formation process of bivouacs (temporary nest structures), through both experimental field work and theoretical modeling. He holds an M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University, an M.S. in Advanced Architectural Design from GSAPP, Columbia University, and a B. Arch. from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Other research interests include the ecology and evolution of cooperative structures such as transport networks, and the influence of chemotaxis and haptotaxis on leadership in collective cell migration, including the growth and invasion of cancer tumors.

Matthew Lutz
Adjunct Professor
Phone: 215-895-2071
mjl96@drexel.edu