Gordon is known for studying collective behavior; a particular interest is how how creatures "search" together. Searching is an extremely important skill to insects and animals, because they want to find food in the most efficient way possible, while encountering the fewest obstacles and predators possible. Different species have different search techniques, and ants are especially good at searching in groups. Last year, Gordon sent eight groups of ants to the International Space Station to study how microgravity affected how they search their environment. Now Gordon has set her sights on studying more of the 14,000 different species of ants there are around the globe, and she's enlisting the help of high school students to do so.