Sessions & workshops

Importance of social behaviour and application of social networks across wildlife biology and conservation

Session organized by
Dr. Damien Farine (Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and University of Konstanz, Germany)

Social environments, including the number and strength of relationships as well as indirect connections, have profound impacts on individuals’ fitness. There is increasing awareness that these environments, often measured using social network analysis tools, can be affected by social disturbances, including group instability and demographic changes. This is relevant because social structure also directly modulates many population-level processes, such as disease transmission. We will discuss recent insights into the impact of social disturbances on group functionality, and the implications of network dynamics arising from social disturbances on population-level processes. The symposium will span empirical studies and social network theory, with the aim of highlighting areas in which social network analysis could give us insights into more effective conservation actions.