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dc.contributor.authorWebster, Michael Munro
dc.contributor.authorAtton, Nicola
dc.contributor.authorHoppitt, William John Edward
dc.contributor.authorLaland, Kevin Neville
dc.identifier.citationWebster , M M , Atton , N , Hoppitt , W J E & Laland , K N 2013 , ' Environmental complexity influences association network structure and network-based diffusion of foraging information in fish shoals ' , American Naturalist , vol. 181 , no. 2 , pp. 235-244 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 49268815
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: e06d2f9f-212e-42ea-babe-d99f818f3ad8
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000314091200010
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84873046358
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0001-9597-6871/work/60427817
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-2457-0900/work/60630403
dc.descriptionThis project was funded by grants from the Natural Environment Research Council (NE/D010365/1) and the European Research Council (EVOCULTURE 232823) to K.N.L.en
dc.description.abstractSocially transmitted information can significantly affect the ways in which animals interact with their environments. We used network-based diffusion analysis, a novel and powerful tool for exploring information transmission, to model the rate at which sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus) discovered prey patches, comparing shoals foraging in open and structured environments. We found that for groups in the open environment, individuals tended to recruit to both the prey patch and empty comparison patches at similar times, suggesting that patch discovery was not greatly affected by direct social transmission. In contrast, in structured environments we found strong evidence that information about prey patch location was socially transmitted and moreover that the pathway of information transmission followed the shoals' association network structures. Our findings highlight the importance of considering habitat structure when investigating the diffusion of information through populations and imply that association networks take on greater ecological significance in structured than open environments.
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dc.rightsCopyright 2013 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.en
dc.subjectsocial informationen
dc.subjectpublic informationen
dc.subjectPredation risken
dc.subjectsocial learningen
dc.subjectThreespine sticklebacken
dc.subjectsocial networken
dc.subjectsocial transmissionen
dc.subjectStickleback gasterosteus-aculeatusen
dc.subject3-spined sticklebacksen
dc.subjectSocial networksen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.titleEnvironmental complexity influences association network structure and network-based diffusion of foraging information in fish shoalsen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Scottish Oceans Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciencesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolutionen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Centre for Biological Diversityen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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