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Animal transportation networks
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Mathematics.
2014 (English)In: Journal of the Royal Society Interface, ISSN 1742-5662, E-ISSN 1742-5689, Vol. 11, no 100, UNSP 20140334- p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many group-living animals construct transportation networks of trails, galleries and burrows by modifying the environment to facilitate faster, safer or more efficient movement. Animal transportation networks can have direct influences on the fitness of individuals, whereas the shape and structure of transportation networks can influence community dynamics by facilitating contacts between different individuals and species. In this review, we discuss three key areas in the study of animal transportation networks: the topological properties of networks, network morphogenesis and growth, and the behaviour of network users. We present a brief primer on elements of network theory, and then discuss the different ways in which animal groups deal with the fundamental trade-off between the competing network properties of travel efficiency, robustness and infrastructure cost. We consider how the behaviour of network users can impact network efficiency, and call for studies that integrate both network topology and user behaviour. We finish with a prospectus for future research.

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2014. Vol. 11, no 100, UNSP 20140334- p.
Keyword [en]
biological transportation networks, collective animal behaviour, pattern formation, animal trails, tunnels
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Biological Sciences Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in industrial engineering and management
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-233964DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2014.0334ISI: 000341383000002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-233964DiVA: diva2:755777

The authors contributed equally to this study.

Available from: 2014-10-15 Created: 2014-10-13 Last updated: 2015-02-16Bibliographically approved

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