NCEAS Project 10961

A life-history theory of animal groups

  • Michael E. Hochberg

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Sabbatical Fellow1st July—31st August 2006Participant List  
Sabbatical Fellow8th—11th March 2007Participant List  
Sabbatical Fellow1st June—31st August 2007Participant List  

Abstract
I will employ ecological, evolutionary and economic approaches towards a life-history theory of social groups. This theory will account for group formation, member recruitment, and eventual decline. Key to this approach will be explaining the establishment and maintenance of cooperative contracts among subsets of individuals, and the differential accumulation of resources (or wealth) within groups. The results will be of interest to researchers working on animal societies and in its most complex rendition the theory will apply to certain human social groups.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Presentations Hochberg, Michael E. 2008. Evolution of multicellularity via the reproductive specialization of cheaters. University of Montpellier II. France.
Report or White Paper Hochberg, Michael E.; Rankin, Daniel J.; Taborsky, Michael. 2008. The coevolution of cooperation and dispersal in social groups and its implications for the emergence of multicellularity. Santa Fe Institute Working Paper 08-08-032.
Journal Article Hochberg, Michael E.; Rankin, Daniel J.; Taborsky, Michael. 2008. The coevolution of cooperation and dispersal in social groups and its implications for the emergence of multicellularity. BMC Evolutionary Biology. Vol: 8(238).