Animal Social Networks

Paperback | February 25, 2015

EditorJens Krause, Richard James, Daniel Franks

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The scientific study of networks - computer, social, and biological - has received an enormous amount of interest in recent years. However, the network approach has been applied to the field of animal behaviour relatively late compared to many other biological disciplines. Understanding socialnetwork structure is of great importance for biologists since the structural characteristics of any network will affect its constituent members and influence a range of diverse behaviours. These include finding and choosing a sexual partner, developing and maintaining cooperative relationships, andengaging in foraging and anti-predator behavior. This novel text provides an overview of the insights that network analysis has provided into major biological processes, and how it has enhanced our understanding of the social organisation of several important taxonomic groups. It brings together researchers from a wide range of disciplines withthe aim of providing both an overview of the power of the network approach for understanding patterns and process in animal populations, as well as outlining how current methodological constraints and challenges can be overcome. Animal Social Networks is principally aimed at graduate level students and researchers in the fields of ecology, zoology, animal behaviour, and evolutionary biology but will also be of interest to social scientists.

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The scientific study of networks - computer, social, and biological - has received an enormous amount of interest in recent years. However, the network approach has been applied to the field of animal behaviour relatively late compared to many other biological disciplines. Understanding socialnetwork structure is of great importance fo...

Jens Krause is professor of fish biology and ecology at Humboldt University, Germany. He has published over 150 papers and several books on topics such as collective behaviour, social networks and swarm intelligence. Richard James is a senior lecturer at the University of Bath, UK. His research interests centre around the development a...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.01 inPublished:February 25, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Section I: Introduction1. General Introduction2. Network PrimerSection II: Patterns and Processes3. Assortment in social networks and the evolution of cooperation4. Mating behaviour: Sexual networks and sexual selection5. Quantifying diffusion on social networks: a Bayesian Approach6. Personality and social network analysis in animals7. Temporal changes in dominance networks and other behavior sequences8. Group movement and social networks9. Communication10. Disease transmission11. Social networks and animal welfareSection III: Taxonomic Overviews12. Primate social networks13. Oceanic societies: Studying cetaceans with a social networks approach14. The network approach in teleost fishes and elasmobranchs15. Social networks in insect colonies16. Perspectives on social network analyses of bird populations17. Networks of terrestrial ungulates: linking form and function18. Linking lizards: Social networks in reptiles19. General Conclusion