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Tuesday, April 13 • 12:05pm - 1:05pm
Mosquitofish Social Networking

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Mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) form shoals in which interactions can be examined as social networks. Social networks form the connection between individual behavior and group dynamics and can influence how information and diseases spread. While the presence of social networks in animal groups is well established, how these relationships form is not well understood. I am examining how individual characteristics influence social status and network structure. To do this, we established sixteen groups composed of five female Gambusia, and observed them twice weekly, for thirty minutes over three weeks. I hypothesize that size differences will determine dominance relationships, which will in turn determine network structure.


Leilani Smith

Biology (BS)

Tuesday April 13, 2021 12:05pm - 1:05pm EDT
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