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Animal Social Networks

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


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 engag ... More

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

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199679041
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679041.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jens Krause, editor
Professor of Fish Biology and Ecology, Humboldt University & IGB

Richard James, editor
Senior Lecturer, University of Bath

Daniel W. Franks, editor
Lecturer in Complex Systems, University of York

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Section 1 Introduction to Animal Social Networks

Chapter 1 General introduction

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

Chapter 3 Assortment in social networks and the evolution of cooperation

Darren P. Croft, Mathew Edenbrow, and Safi K. Darden

Chapter 5 Quantifying diffusion in social networks: a Bayesian approach

Glenna Nightingale, Neeltje J. Boogert, Kevin N. Laland, and Will Hoppitt

Chapter 6 Personality and social network analysis in animals

Alexander D. M. Wilson and Jens Krause

Chapter 8 Group movement and animal social networks

Nikolai W. F. Bode, A. Jamie Wood, and Daniel W. Franks

Chapter 9 Communication and social networks

Peter K. McGregor and Andrew G. Horn

Chapter 10 Disease transmission in animal social networks

Julian A. Drewe and Sarah E. Perkins

Chapter 11 Social networks and animal welfare

Brianne A. Beisner and Brenda McCowan

Chapter 12 Primate social networks

Sally Macdonald and Bernhard Voelkl

Chapter 14 The network approach in teleost fishes and elasmobranchs

Jens Krause, Darren P. Croft, and Alexander D. M. Wilson

Chapter 16 Perspectives on social network analyses of bird populations

Colin J. Garroway, Reinder Radersma, and Camilla A. Hinde

Section 4 Animal Social Networks: Conclusions

Chapter 19 Animal social networks: general conclusions

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

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