Elizabeth A. Hobson
ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems
Santa Fe Institute & Arizona State University
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Summary of research interests & projects
I am a biologist who specializes in investigating questions about behavioral ecology, especially those that increase our understanding of animal social interactions. I use a combination of observational, experimental, computational and theoretical techniques to determine how the behavior of individuals leads to the formation of group-level social structures.
I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute, where I am studying the evolution of animal sociality. My goal is to use rigorous comparative methods and an evolutionary perspective to discover ways in which the extreme sociality of some species emerged, through investigating what individuals understand about their social worlds and the strategies individuals use to balance the costs and benefits of social living.
Evolution of social structure and complex sociality, social network analysis, animal cognition, temporal dynamics of network structure, dominance hierarchies, social learning, fission-fusion dynamics.
Determine how and why animals structure social relationships, detect how feedback between interactions among individuals and emergent collective dynamics shape social behavior, and evaluate patterns in the evolution of social knowledge across species.
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