Use of Networks To Gain Insights into the Functioning of Mammal Societies

Sunday, 15 February 2015: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room 220C (San Jose Convention Center)
Tina Wey, New Mexico State University, Albuqurque, NM
There is remarkable diversity in the social organization of animals, both across and within species, and a major area of interest in behavioral ecology is to study the evolution and maintenance of social variation. While there are potential benefits of living in groups, there are also a number of costs that often come with group living, including increased competition with other members of the group and increased risk of parasitism. Living socially brings individuals into contact more often, and social interactions are likely to occur. The interactions we observe may reflect patterns of conflict and cooperation between individuals.