Supervisors:1) Professor Hannah Buchanan-Smith, University of Stirling, Psychology Department.2) Professor Phyllis Lee, University of Stirling, Psychology Department.
Start date: 1st October 2014Room: 3A100Email: email@example.comTel: +44 (0)1786 466366Fax: +44 (0)1786 467641
Recent years have witnessed a surge of interest in using social network theory to analyze non-human species interactions and behaviour (Dunne et al., 2002; Bascompte et al., 2006; Krause, Lusseau & James, 2009; Sih, Hanser & McHugh, 2009; Dufour et al., 2011). Currently social network analysis (SNA) is predominantly applied to single species research, whereas the proposed project will be investigating its use for interspecific data collection. Whilst traditional methods of behavioural data collection provide a general overview of what is occurring in groups (e.g. percentage of aggressive, affiliative, neutral interactions [Leonardi et al., 2010; Buchanan-Smith et al., 2013]). The application of SNA can identify and quantify specific attributes of relationships/associations between individuals, providing a more complete picture of interactions within a mixed-species group.