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Overview

Animal Social Networks by Jens Krause

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 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 with the 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199679058
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/18/2015
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jens Krause, Professor of Fish Biology and Ecology, Humboldt University & IGB,Richard James, Senior Lecturer, University of Bath,Daniel Franks, Lecturer in Complex Systems, University of York,Darren Croft, Senior Lecturer in Animal Behaviour, University of Exeter

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 and use of computational models and analyses to interpret biological data.

Dan Franks is lecturer in the department of biology and the department of computer science at the University of York, UK. He has published on topics such as social networks, collective behaviour, life-history evolution, and predator-prey evolution.

Darren Croft is a senior lecturer in animal behaviour at the University of Exeter, UK. His research focuses on the ecology and evolution of group-living and he has published over 50 papers in leading international journals and is lead author on a monograph titled Exploring Animal Social Networks.

Table of Contents

Section I: Introduction
1. General Introduction
2. Network Primer
Section II: Patterns and Processes
3. Assortment in social networks and the evolution of cooperation
4. Mating behaviour: Sexual networks and sexual selection
5. Quantifying diffusion on social networks: a Bayesian Approach
6. Personality and social network analysis in animals
7. Temporal changes in dominance networks and other behavior sequences
8. Group movement and social networks
9. Communication
10. Disease transmission
11. Social networks and animal welfare
Section III: Taxonomic Overviews
12. Primate social networks
13. Oceanic societies: Studying cetaceans with a social networks approach
14. The network approach in teleost fishes and elasmobranchs
15. Social networks in insect colonies
16. Perspectives on social network analyses of bird populations
17. Networks of terrestrial ungulates: linking form and function
18. Linking lizards: Social networks in reptiles
19. General Conclusion

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