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From Despotism to Democracy: leadership and coordination in animal groups - ZSL Scientific Meeting

Scientists working on the evolution and behaviour of decision-making in a range of animal groups will talk on this topical subject.

Take any human society, past or present, and you'll find some form of leadership or authority structure, located on a spectrum stretching from despotism to democracy. Such leadership is a means by which groups can gain from cooperation and achieve a common goal. But we still know surprisingly little about how groups of animals make decisions as a group.

How does a swarm of bees choose a new nest site? A flock of birds decide when to leave a foraging patch? Or a group of primates decide on their direction of travel?

In each of these examples, unless group members decide on the same action, the group will split up and individuals will forfeit many of the advantages gained from being in that group.

Scientists working on the evolution and behaviour of decision-making in animal groups on a range of species, and at different scales, will talk on this topical subject. Implications for our understanding of how large-scale biological patterns result from the actions and interactions of the individual components of a system will then be discussed.

Organised by Andrew J. King and Dr Guy Cowlishaw, Institute of Zoology, ZSL

IMAGE CREDITS: fish image: Alex Rogers; baboon image: Tim Davies.


Dr Larissa Conradt, Dept of Biology & Environmental Sciences, University of Sussex | talks | www
Andrew J. King, University College London & Institute of Zoology, ZSL | talks | www
Dr Sean A. Rands, School of Clinical Veterinary Science University of Bristol | talks | www


Date and Time:

9 October 2007 at 6:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



London Zoo's Meeting Rooms
Regent's Park (Outer Circle)
0207 449 6227
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Organised by:

The Zoological Society of London
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Admission is free and everyone is welcome!

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