Collective Animal Behavior
Fish travel in schools, birds migrate in flocks, honeybees swarm, and ants build trails. How and why do these collective behaviours occur? Exploring how co-ordinated group patterns emerge from individual interactions, Collective Animal Behavior reveals why animals produce group behaviours and examines their evolution across a range of species.
Providing a synthesis of mathematical modelling, theoretical biology and experimental work, the author investigates how animals move and arrive together, how they transfer information, how they make decisions and synchronise their activities, and how they build collective structures. He constructs a unified appreciation of how different group living species co-ordinate their behaviours and why natural selection has produced these groups.
This title combines traditional approaches to behavioural ecology with ideas about self-organisation 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 behaviour can be applied to understanding human social behaviour.
Containing a wealth of accessible examples as well as qualitative and quantitative features, Collective Animal Behavior will interest behavioural ecologists and all scientists studying complex systems.