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
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