Animal Social Networks

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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 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.

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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.

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"[F]or those curious about how social network analyses might at some future point contribute to a better understanding of complex behavioral interactions among group (however broadly defined) members, Animal Social Networks is a valuable resource." --Integrative and Comparative Biology


"Served by an excellent use of various helpful illustrations ... and a few formulas of mathematical models, this thorough reference book will resonate well with a broad readership, including ethologists, ecologists, and evolutionary biologists. Essential." --CHOICE


"'[T]he future of animal social network analysis is surely a bright one' (p. 214). This exciting new volume will surely facilitate this future, helping to illuminate the bright and richly deserved role of networks in revealing insights about fundamental biological processes." --The Quarterly Review of Biology


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