Unexpected Role of Social Networks in Ecology

Animal interactions at the watering hole

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Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences

Social networking, even between competing species, plays a much bigger role in ecology than anyone previously thought. “There’s mounting evidence that different species pay attention to each other in the wild, especially if they share predators,” said Mike Gil, postdoctoral researcher at UC Davis. “The theory of ecology has lagged behind.”

Traditionally, ecologists have focused on competition between species for food and other resources. Gil wants to understand how populations interact with each other and change over time. Join us as Gil covers new models show that prey animals can benefit from a social network that warns of predators even when they compete with each other for resources such as water or food. These interactions can have an impact on ecology that was previously overlooked. 

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Presentation begins at 6:00 p.m. No-host bar available. 

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