Current directions in animal social networks
Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
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A social network approach provides a framework to study the link between individual behaviour and population-level patterns and processes. Studies have demonstrated how animal social network structure can be influenced by factors ranging from characteristics of the environment to characteristics of the individual, such as developmental experience and personality. At the level of the individual, the patterning of social connections can be an important determinant of fitness, predicting both survival and reproductive success. At the population level, network structure can influence the patterning of ecological and evolutionary processes, such as frequency-dependant selection, disease and information transmission.
DPC acknowledges funding from the National Environmental Research Council (NE/K01286X/1) and DPC and SKD acknowledge funding from The Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF – 1323-00105). We thank the section editors Andrew Sih and Alex Kacelnik for inviting us to outline our opinion on the past, present and future of animal social networks.
This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from the publisher via the DOI in this record.
Vol. 12, pp.52–58