[MARMAM] New publication: Using social network analysis to confirm the 'gambit of the group' hypothesis

Nicole Danaher-Garcia nicole at dcpmail.org
Mon Jul 11 12:53:54 PDT 2022


Dear colleagues,

My co-authors and I are pleased to share our new publication "Using social
network analysis to confirm the 'gambit of the group' hypothesis for a
small cetacean" published in Behavioural Processes.

Danaher-Garcia N, Connor R, Fay G, Melillo Sweeting K, Dudzinski K (2022)
Using social network analysis to confirm the 'gambit of the group'
hypothesis for a small cetacean. Behavioural Processes, 200: 104694.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2022.104694.

ABSTRACT: Social network analysis (SNA) can be used to explore a
population’s social structure and how individuals contribute to social
cohesion. Quantifying relationships between individuals in a network can
vary depending on the data available or the relationship of interest.
Studies of readily visible species can use direct interaction measures in
SNA, while studies of cryptic species usually rely on the ‘gambit of the
group’; individuals observed in a group are considered associates. This
study compared the association and pectoral fin contact (PFC) networks of
Atlantic spotted dolphins around Bimini to test the ‘gambit of the group’
hypothesis. The association network had nearly three times as many edges
than the PFC network. Still, the two networks were correlated; individuals
with a relationship in one network had a comparable relationship in the
other. Many network measures were also correlated across networks,
suggesting association is an acceptable substitute for physical interaction
in certain cases. The current study supports the ‘gambit of the group’, but
also highlights the importance of considering what types of relationships
are used in the analysis of the social system of the focal species.

Please, do not hesitate to contact me at nicole at dcpmail.org. I would be
happy to answer any questions about the study and provide a PDF copy of the
article.

Best regards,
Nicole

--Nicole A. Danaher-Garcia, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Florida International University | Dolphin Communication Project
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.uvic.ca/pipermail/marmam/attachments/20220711/1bf9237d/attachment.html>


More information about the MARMAM mailing list