The use of network theory to analyse the structure and dynamics of inter-connected agents has exploded over the last decade or so. People from all sorts of backgrounds, including maths, physics, engineering, biology, economics and social sciences, have been involved.
The focus of physicists in this area has been to analyse the structure and dynamics of very large networks (such as the web or the internet). My interest is in much smaller networks, depicting associations or interactions between individual animals, such as fish, mammals, insects and birds. I will present a brief overview of some of the collaborations I am involved in, highlighting the questions in biology that motivate the use of network analysis, the things we think we have learnt so far, and some of the unanswered questions we have.
Non-members welcome - Admission Free - Coffee from 7:00pm