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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 un
Oxford University Press
December 18, 2014
About the author
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.