Social tipping points in animal societies

Jonathan N. Pruitt, Andrew Berdahl, Christina Riehl, Noa Pinter-Wollman, Holly V. Moeller, Elizabeth G. Pringle, Lucy M. Aplin, Elva J.H. Robinson, Jacopo Grilli, Pamela Yeh, Van M. Savage, Michael H. Price, Joshua Garland, Ian Gilby, Margaret C. Crofoot, Grant N. Doering, Elizabeth A. Hobson

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    Animal social groups are complex systems that are likely to exhibit tipping points-which are defined as drastic shifts in the dynamics of systems that arise from small changes in environmental conditions-yet this concept has not been carefully applied to these systems. Here, we summarize the concepts behind tipping points and describe instances in which they are likely to occur in animal societies. We also offer ways in which the study of social tipping points can open up new lines of inquiry in behavioural ecology and generate novel questions, methods, and approaches in animal behaviour and other fields, including community and ecosystem ecology. While some behaviours of living systems are hard to predict, we argue that probing tipping points across animal societies and across tiers of biological organization-populations, communities, ecosystems-may help to reveal principles that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number20181282
    JournalProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
    Volume285
    Issue number1887
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Sep 26 2018

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    Keywords

    • collapse
    • complex system
    • cooperation
    • critical point
    • hysteresis
    • social network

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    • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
    • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
    • Environmental Science(all)
    • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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    Pruitt, J. N., Berdahl, A., Riehl, C., Pinter-Wollman, N., Moeller, H. V., Pringle, E. G., ... Hobson, E. A. (2018). Social tipping points in animal societies. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 285(1887), [20181282]. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2018.1282

    Social tipping points in animal societies. / Pruitt, Jonathan N.; Berdahl, Andrew; Riehl, Christina; Pinter-Wollman, Noa; Moeller, Holly V.; Pringle, Elizabeth G.; Aplin, Lucy M.; Robinson, Elva J.H.; Grilli, Jacopo; Yeh, Pamela; Savage, Van M.; Price, Michael H.; Garland, Joshua; Gilby, Ian; Crofoot, Margaret C.; Doering, Grant N.; Hobson, Elizabeth A.

    In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Vol. 285, No. 1887, 20181282, 26.09.2018.

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    Pruitt, JN, Berdahl, A, Riehl, C, Pinter-Wollman, N, Moeller, HV, Pringle, EG, Aplin, LM, Robinson, EJH, Grilli, J, Yeh, P, Savage, VM, Price, MH, Garland, J, Gilby, I, Crofoot, MC, Doering, GN & Hobson, EA 2018, 'Social tipping points in animal societies' Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 285, no. 1887, 20181282. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2018.1282
    Pruitt JN, Berdahl A, Riehl C, Pinter-Wollman N, Moeller HV, Pringle EG et al. Social tipping points in animal societies. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 2018 Sep 26;285(1887). 20181282. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2018.1282
    Pruitt, Jonathan N. ; Berdahl, Andrew ; Riehl, Christina ; Pinter-Wollman, Noa ; Moeller, Holly V. ; Pringle, Elizabeth G. ; Aplin, Lucy M. ; Robinson, Elva J.H. ; Grilli, Jacopo ; Yeh, Pamela ; Savage, Van M. ; Price, Michael H. ; Garland, Joshua ; Gilby, Ian ; Crofoot, Margaret C. ; Doering, Grant N. ; Hobson, Elizabeth A. / Social tipping points in animal societies. In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 2018 ; Vol. 285, No. 1887.
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