Animal Social Networks

Edited by Jens Krause, Richard James, Daniel W. Franks and Darren P. Croft

Published in print January 2015 | ISBN: 9780199679041
Published online January 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191794094 | DOI:
Animal Social Networks

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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 social network 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, and engaging in foraging and anti-predator behavior. This book 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 provides an overview of the power of the network approach which is useful for understanding patterns and process in animal populations. It also outlines how current methodological constraints and challenges can be overcome.

Keywords: networks; animal behaviour; social network structure; sexual partner; cooperative relationships; network analysis; social organisation; network approach

Book.  288 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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