Fourteen Security Lessons from Antipredator Behavior

Daniel T. Blumstein

in Natural Security

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780520253476
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934313 | DOI:
Fourteen Security Lessons from Antipredator Behavior

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This chapter presents fourteen lessons derived from the study of antipredator behavior that are relevant to designing security systems to manage terrorist threats, dealing with insurgencies, and managing ongoing biosecurity challenges. Examining the diversity of antipredator adaptations highlights, from a perspective directly concerned with life and death, the fact that we must be comfortable living with risk. Completely avoiding risk is impossible, and by trying to do so, we will suffer other costs. In this chapter, nonhuman antipredator behavior provides several insights into how costly responses can be avoided.

Keywords: antipredator behavior; security; terrorist threats; insurgencies; biosecurity challenges

Chapter.  4783 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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