Collective Animal Behavior

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Princeton University Press, Sep 27, 2010 - Science - 312 pages
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Fish travel in schools, birds migrate in flocks, honeybees swarm, and ants build trails. How and why do these collective behaviors occur? Exploring how coordinated group patterns emerge from individual interactions, Collective Animal Behavior reveals why animals produce group behaviors and examines their evolution across a range of species.

Providing a synthesis of mathematical modeling, theoretical biology, and experimental work, David Sumpter investigates how animals move and arrive together, how they transfer information, how they make decisions and synchronize their activities, and how they build collective structures. Sumpter constructs a unified appreciation of how different group-living species coordinate their behaviors and why natural selection has produced these groups. For the first time, the book combines traditional approaches to behavioral ecology with ideas about self-organization and complex systems from physics and mathematics. Sumpter offers a guide for working with key models in this area along with case studies of their application, and he shows how ideas about animal behavior can be applied to understanding human social behavior.

Containing a wealth of accessible examples as well as qualitative and quantitative features, Collective Animal Behavior will interest behavioral ecologists and all scientists studying complex systems.

 

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Excellent treatise on mathematical modeling of complex behaviours in animals. Approachable math, good examples. Fascinating! Read full review

Contents

introduction
1
coming together
14
information transfer
44
Making Decisions
77
Moving together
101
synchronization
130
structures
151
regulation
173
complicated interactions
198
the evolution of cooperation
223
conclusions
253
References
259
Index
293
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David J. T. Sumpter is professor of applied mathematics at Uppsala University in Sweden.