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Social Behaviour
Genes, Ecology and Evolution

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Tamás Székely, Allen J. Moore, Jan Komdeur, Marla B. Sokolowski, Joel D. Levine, Bronwyn H. Bleakley, Jason B. Wolf, Elizabeth Adkins-Regan, Timothy J. DeVoogd, Jordan M. Moore, John M. McNamara, Franz J. Weissing, Robert P. Freckleton, Mark Pagel, Tom Wenseleers, Andy Gardner, Kevin R. Foster, Robert Huber, Edward A. Kravitz, Mark E. Hauber, Marlene Zuk, Jens Krause, Graeme Ruxton, Tomasso Pizzari, Russell Bonduriansky, Lisa McGraw, Larry J. Young, Jan Ekman, Marion L. East, Heribert Hofer, Ruth Mace, Denis Réale, Niels J. Dingemanse, Louise Gallagher, David Skuse, Suzanne H. Alonzo, Ben C. Sheldon, Gerald S. Wilkinson, Leanna M. Birge, Daniel T. Blumstein, Tim Birkhead, Andrew Cockburn, Nicholas B. Davies, Raghavendra Gadagkar, David Haig, Bert Hölldobler, Sarah B. Hrdy, Laurent Keller, Manfred Milinski, Ronald Noë, Geoff A. Parker, Marion Petrie, David C. Queller, Paul B. Rainey, Mike Ritchie, Gene E. Robinson, Paul W. Sherman, Michael Taborsky, Robert Trivers, Edward O. Wilson, Amotz Zahavi
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  • Date Published: December 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521709620

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  • Humans live in large and extensive societies and spend much of their time interacting socially. Likewise, most other animals also interact socially. Social behaviour is of constant fascination to biologists and psychologists of many disciplines, from behavioural ecology to comparative biology and sociobiology. The two major approaches used to study social behaviour involve either the mechanism of behaviour - where it has come from and how it has evolved, or the function of the behaviour studied. With guest articles from leaders in the field, theoretical foundations along with recent advances are presented to give a truly multidisciplinary overview of social behaviour, for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Topics include aggression, communication, group living, sexual behaviour and co-operative breeding. With examples ranging from bacteria to social mammals and humans, a variety of research tools are used, including candidate gene approaches, quantitative genetics, neuro-endocrine studies, cost-benefit and phylogenetic analyses and evolutionary game theory.

    • Proposes a novel way of looking at social traits using a systems biology approach, encouraging new studies using this new approach
    • Covers a broad range of taxa, from bacteria to humans. Will appeal to readers from a wide range of disciplines
    • Gives personalised accounts from noted authorities of why social behaviour is interesting. Appealing to those interested in the development and history of the field
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Szekely, Komdeur and Moore have assembled a hugely successful edited collection on the biology of social behavior. The coverage is up-to-date and complete, dealing with the full range of proximate and ultimate causes of social behavior as well as a broad range of social organisms from bacteria to humans. The chapter authors are leaders in their fields. Interspersed among the sophisticated but accessible review chapters are short, lively essays written by prominent sociobiologists. An indispensable book for all behavioral biologists and their students."
    John Alcock, Arizona State University

    "Social Behaviour: Genes, Ecology and Evolution provides the first extensive synthesis of research on animal social behaviour since the publication of E O Wilson's Sociobiology in 1974. The book brings together important reviews of the ecology, genetics and evolution of social behaviour by over sixty research leaders in this field to describe the past accomplishments of the field, outline current problems and suggest future objectives. It will be necessary reading for anyone involved in research in this area."
    Tim Clutton-Brock, University of Cambridge

    "This is an excellent book, that I thoroughly recommend! Social Behaviour shows that not only does everybody have a social life, but that it is the social aspects of life that are the most interesting. Sociality spices things up, leading to conflicts, but also the chance for cooperation. Whilst this has led to cool natural history, it also results in questions that cut to the core of how natural selection works. In Social Behaviour, some of the world’s leading researchers do an excellent job of synthesising the huge progress that has been made over especially the last 50 years. The remit is broad, moving from the fruiting bodies of slime moulds to wealth inheritance in humans, but this done almost seamlessly, demonstrating the power of evolutionary theory. By showing the excitement of the field, the great success stories, and the outstanding mysteries, this book is sure to stimulate the next generation of researchers and refresh the older generation."
    Stuart West, University of Oxford

    "The editors have managed to bring together a true all-star team of scientists, and the volume demonstrates the key difference between an all-star Hollywood movie and an all-star scientific book: only the latter will improve the quality of the script."
    Redouan Bshary, The Quarterly Review of Biology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521709620
    • length: 576 pages
    • dimensions: 205 x 190 x 26 mm
    • weight: 1.22kg
    • contains: 89 b/w illus. 13 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Tamás Székely, Allen J. Moore and Jan Komdeur
    Part I. Foundations:
    1. Nature-nurture interactions Marla B. Sokolowski and Joel D. Levine
    2. The quantitative genetics of social behaviour Bronwyn H. Bleakley, Jason B. Wolf and Allen J. Moore
    3. Social behaviour and bird-song from a neural and endocrine perspective Elizabeth Adkins-Regan, Timothy J. DeVoogd and Jordan M. Moore
    4. Evolutionary game theory John M. McNamara and Franz J. Weissing
    5. Recent advances in comparative methods Robert P. Freckleton and Mark Pagel
    6. Social evolution theory: a review of methods and approaches Tom Wenseleers, Andy Gardner and Kevin R. Foster
    Part II. Themes:
    7. Aggression: towards an integration of gene, brain and behaviour Robert Huber and Edward A. Kravitz
    8. Social influences on communication signals: from honesty to exploitation Mark E. Hauber and Marlene Zuk
    9. Important topics in group living Jens Krause and Graeme Ruxton
    10. Sexual behaviour: conflict, cooperation and co-evolution Tomasso Pizzari and Russell Bonduriansky
    11. Pair bonds and parental behaviour Lisa McGraw, Tamás Székely and Larry J. Young
    12. Adaptations and constraints in the evolution of delayed dispersal: implications for cooperation Jan Komdeur and Jan Ekman
    13. Social behaviour in microorganisms Kevin R. Foster
    14. Social environments, social tactics and their fitness consequences in complex mammalian societies Marion L. East and Heribert Hofer
    15. Social behaviour in humans Ruth Mace
    Part III. Implications:
    16. Personality and individual social specialisation Denis Réale and Niels J. Dingemanse
    17. Molecular and genetic influences on the neural substrate of social cognition in humans Louise Gallagher and David Skuse
    18. Population density, social behaviour and sex allocation Suzanne H. Alonzo and Ben C. Sheldon
    19. Social behaviour and speciation Gerald S. Wilkinson and Leanna M. Birge
    20. Social behaviour in conservation Daniel T. Blumstein
    21. Prospects for research in social behaviour: systems biology meets behaviour Allen J. Moore, Tamás Székely and Jan Komdeur
    Part IV. Profiles:
    22. Undiminished passion Tim Birkhead
    23. Social evolution, sexual intrigue and serendipity Andrew Cockburn
    24. Mating systems: integrating sexual conflict and ecology Nicholas B. Davies
    25. In love with Ropalidia marginata – for 34 years, and still going strong Raghavendra Gadagkar
    26. The Huddler's Dilemma: a cold shoulder or a warm inner glow David Haig
    27. Multi-component signals in ant communication Bert Hölldobler
    28. What's wrong with this picture? Sarah B. Hrdy
    29. From behavioural observations, to genes, to evolution Laurent Keller
    30. Reputation can make the world go round – or why we are sometimes social Manfred Milinski
    31. A haphazard career Ronald Noë
    32. In celebration of questions, past, present and future Geoff A. Parker
    33. Mating systems and genetic variation Marion Petrie
    34. Selections from a life in social selection David C. Queller
    35. The de novo evolution of cooperation: an unlikely event Paul B. Rainey
    36. Evolutionary genetics and social behaviour Mike Ritchie
    37. Genes and social behaviour: from gene to genome to 1000 animal genomes Gene E. Robinson
    38. Behavioural ecology, why do I love thee? Let me count the ways Paul W. Sherman
    39. Anonymous (and other) social experience and the evolution of cooperation by reciprocity Michael Taborsky
    40. Social theory based on natural selection Robert Trivers
    41. Look to the ants Edward O. Wilson
    42. The handicap principle and social behaviour Amotz Zahavi .

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Evolution and Behavior
    • Genes, Brains, and Behavior
    • Social Evolution
  • Editors

    Tamás Székely, University of Bath
    Tamás Székely is an evolutionary biologist with a main research interest in breeding system evolution. Most of his work uses birds as model organisms studied mostly through fieldwork, although also with the use of mathematical modelling and phylogenetic analyses to dissect behaviour. He has co-edited four books, including one on sex, size and gender roles. He is a professional Chair in Biodiversity at the University of Bath and was recently awarded a Research Fellowship by The Leverhulme Trust, and was also a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. Please see more details on his website http://www.bath.ac.uk/bio-sci/biodiversity-lab/szekely.html.

    Allen J. Moore, University of Exeter
    Jan Komdeur has a strong reputation in experimental evolutionary ecology. He established the Seychelles warbler as a model system. He has many long-standing international collaborations with leading biologists which connect aspects of behavioural ecology, population genetics, and theoretical modelling. Komdeur has an excellent publication record, most papers being published in top journals of their field. His reputation is evidenced by memberships of editorial boards, frequent invitations for keynote lectures, prestigious (inter)national awards and grants, and several lecturer of the year awards. His group received the highest qualification ('international excellence') by an international peer review committee in the last assessment of research quality.

    Jan Komdeur, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands
    Allen Moore is an evolutionary biologist, with research interests in behaviour genetics, quantitative genetic studies of behaviour and morphology, development of behaviour, theoretical investigations of evolution, and behavioural ecology. He is currently Professor of Evolutionary Genetics at the University of Exeter, as well as Head of Department and Director of the Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter Cornwall Campus. He served as the elected Secretary of the Society for the Study of Evolution (2003–2006) and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Evolutionary Biology for the European Society for Evolutionary Biology.

    Contributors

    Tamás Székely, Allen J. Moore, Jan Komdeur, Marla B. Sokolowski, Joel D. Levine, Bronwyn H. Bleakley, Jason B. Wolf, Elizabeth Adkins-Regan, Timothy J. DeVoogd, Jordan M. Moore, John M. McNamara, Franz J. Weissing, Robert P. Freckleton, Mark Pagel, Tom Wenseleers, Andy Gardner, Kevin R. Foster, Robert Huber, Edward A. Kravitz, Mark E. Hauber, Marlene Zuk, Jens Krause, Graeme Ruxton, Tomasso Pizzari, Russell Bonduriansky, Lisa McGraw, Larry J. Young, Jan Ekman, Marion L. East, Heribert Hofer, Ruth Mace, Denis Réale, Niels J. Dingemanse, Louise Gallagher, David Skuse, Suzanne H. Alonzo, Ben C. Sheldon, Gerald S. Wilkinson, Leanna M. Birge, Daniel T. Blumstein, Tim Birkhead, Andrew Cockburn, Nicholas B. Davies, Raghavendra Gadagkar, David Haig, Bert Hölldobler, Sarah B. Hrdy, Laurent Keller, Manfred Milinski, Ronald Noë, Geoff A. Parker, Marion Petrie, David C. Queller, Paul B. Rainey, Mike Ritchie, Gene E. Robinson, Paul W. Sherman, Michael Taborsky, Robert Trivers, Edward O. Wilson, Amotz Zahavi

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