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Professor Darren Croft

Professor Darren Croft

Professor of Animal Behaviour

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 Washington Singer 122

 

Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK

 Office hours:

Tues 11:30-12:30am

Thurs 1-2pm

Overview

I am a behavioural ecologist and my research interests lie in two main questions (i) What are the mechanisms and functions that underpin the structure of animal societies? (ii) What are the evolutionary implications of this structure? To address these questions my research group combines experimental and observational work on wild animal populations with controlled laboratory experiments. The research topics covered by my group are broad and include; the evolution of cooperation, life history evolution, social recognition and sexual conflict. As such we work on a wide range of study systems ranging from small fresh water fish to resident killer whales. We use social network analysis as a tool to unravel the complex nature of how animal societies are structured. Recently we have extended our research to questions of animal health and welfare and we are working with the UK dairy industry to study social components of welfare and productivity in commercial dairy cattle. 

In the news: Listen to Darren talking about is research on sexual conflict in guppies on NERC’s planet earth podcast or read about this work in NERCs planet earth publication. Read about the media interest in our work on dairy cattle or about how our work on social behaviour and life history evolution in killer whales is given new insight into the evolution of menopause. 

Qualifications

2017: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2000-2004: PhD in Behavioural Ecology, University of Leeds.

1996-1999: Bachelor of Science with Honours, Biology (Class I), University of Leeds.

Career

2016-Current: Professor of Animal Behaviour, University of Exeter

2014-2016: Associate Professor of Animal Behaviour, University of Exeter

2009-2014: Senior Lecturer in Animal Behaviour, University of Exeter

2008-2009: Lecturer in Animal Behaviour, University of Exeter

2006-2008: Lecturer in Animal Behaviour, University of Wales Bangor

2004-2006: Post Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Leeds

Links

Research group links

Research

Research projects

Broadly my research can be divided into two distinct areas that cross-fertilise one another:

i) The ecology and evolution of group living in wild animal populations: This work combines experimental and observational work in natural populations together with controlled laboratory manipulations and experiments to provide a very powerful framework for testing behavioural and evolutionary hypotheses.

ii) The implications of social behaviour for the management, welfare and productivity of captive animals. Building on my work on wild animal populations, my research group is applying methods and concepts that have been developed in behavioural ecology to real world questions relating to animal health, welfare and productivity.

I welcome informal applications from potential PhD students and post-doctoral fellows who are able to attract their own funding (e.g. international PhD scholarships, EU fellowships and visiting researchers). If you are interested in joining our research group then please email me.

Research grants

  • 2013 NERC
    The Evolution of Prolonged Post-Reproductive Lifespan in a Non-Human Mammal
  • 2013 FNU (The Danish Council for Independent Research / Natural S
    Social niche construction and evolutionary implications for animal behaviour
  • 2012 BBSRC
    Assessment of Dairy Cow Welfare through Predictive Modelling of Individual and Social Behaviour
  • 2011 Leverhulme Trust
    The Evolution of Cooperation in Structured Animal Societies.
  • 2011 DairyCo
    Social Components of Welfare and Productively in Dairy Cattle
  • 2011 DEFRA
    The influence of Social Networks on Welfare and Productivity in Dairy Cattle
  • 2010 FNU (The Danish Council for Independent Research)
    Cognitive and Physical Aspects of Animal Communication Networks
  • 2007 Nuffield Science Award
    Behavioural Syndromes: Environmental Influences in a Naturally Clonal Species of Fish
  • 2006 NERC
    Mechanisms and Functions of Sexual Segregation
  • 2004 Fisheries Society of the British Isles
    Sexual Segregation in the Trinidadian Guppy
  • 0 Leverhulme Trust
    The Evolution of Eye Salience as a Signal for Communication

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Ellis S, Franks DW, Nattrass S, Currie TE, Cant MA, Giles D, Balcomb KC, Croft DP (2018). Analyses of ovarian activity reveal repeated evolution of post-reproductive lifespans in toothed whales. Scientific Reports, 8(1). Abstract.  Full text.
Heathcote RJ, Darden SK, Troscianko J, Lawson MR, Brown AM, Laker PR, Naisbett-Jones LC, MacGregor HE, Ramnarine I, Croft DP, et al (2018). Dynamic eye colour as an honest signal of aggression. Current Biology, 28(11), R652-R653. Full text.
Croft DP, Johnstone RA, Ellis S, Nattrass S, Franks DW, Brent LJN, Mazzi S, Balcomb KC, Ford JKB, Cant MA, et al (2017). Reproductive Conflict and the Evolution of Menopause in Killer Whales. Current Biology, 27(2), 298-304. Abstract.  Full text.
Brent LJN, Franks DW, Foster EA, Balcomb KC, Cant MA, Croft DP (2015). Ecological knowledge, leadership, and the evolution of menopause in killer whales. Current Biology, 25(6), 746-750. Full text.
Foster EA, Franks DW, Mazzi S, Darden SK, Balcomb KC, Ford JKB, Croft DP (2012). Adaptive prolonged postreproductive life span in killer whales. Science, 337(6100). Abstract.  Author URL.
Croft DP, Madden J, Franks D, James R (2011). Hypothesis testing in animal social networks. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 26, 502-507.

Publications by category


Books

Krause J, James R, Franks D, Croft D (2014). Animal Social Networks., Oxford University Press. Abstract.
Croft DP, James R, Krause J (2008). Exploring Animal Social Networks. Princetown, NJ, Princetown University Press.

Journal articles

Silk MJ, Hodgson D, Rozins C, Croft D, Delahay R, Boots M, McDonald R (In Press). Integrating social behaviour, demography and disease dynamics in network models: applications to disease management in declining wildlife populations. Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences Full text.
Macario A, Croft DP, Darden S (In Press). Male phenotypic diversity experienced during ontogeny mediates female mate choice in guppies. Behavioral Ecology Full text.
Brask JB, Croft DP, Edenbrow M, James R, Bleakley BH, Ramnarine IW, Heathcote RJP, Tyler CR, Hamilton PB, Dabelsteen T, et al (2019). Evolution of non-kin cooperation: social assortment by cooperative phenotype in guppies. R Soc Open Sci, 6(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Cant MA, Croft DP (2019). Grandmothering in space and time. Current Biology Full text.
Weiss MN, Franks DW, Croft DP, Whitehead H (2019). Measuring the complexity of social associations using mixture models. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY, 73(1). Author URL.  Full text.
Ellis S, Franks DW, Nattrass S, Currie TE, Cant MA, Giles D, Balcomb KC, Croft DP (2018). Analyses of ovarian activity reveal repeated evolution of post-reproductive lifespans in toothed whales. Scientific Reports, 8(1). Abstract.  Full text.
Silk MJ, Weber NL, Steward LC, Hodgson DJ, Boots M, Croft DP, Delahay RJ, McDonald RA (2018). Contact networks structured by sex underpin sex-specific epidemiology of infection. Ecology Letters, 21(2), 309-318. Abstract.  Full text.
Heathcote RJ, Darden SK, Troscianko J, Lawson MR, Brown AM, Laker PR, Naisbett-Jones LC, MacGregor HE, Ramnarine I, Croft DP, et al (2018). Dynamic eye colour as an honest signal of aggression. Current Biology, 28(11), R652-R653. Full text.
Rose PE, Brereton JE, Croft DP (2018). Measuring welfare in captive flamingos: Activity patterns and exhibit usage in zoo-housed birds. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 205, 115-125. Abstract.  Full text.
Rose PE, Lloyd I, Brereton JE, Croft DP (2018). Patterns of nocturnal activity in captive greater flamingos. Zoo Biology, 37(5), 290-299. Abstract.  Full text.
Ellis S, Franks DW, Nattrass S, Cant MA, Bradley DL, Giles D, Balcomb KC, Croft DP (2018). Postreproductive lifespans are rare in mammals. Ecology and Evolution, 8(5), 2482-2494. Abstract.  Full text.
Silk MJ, Drewe JA, Delahay RJ, Weber N, Steward LC, Wilson-Aggarwal J, Boots M, Hodgson DJ, Croft DP, McDonald RA, et al (2018). Quantifying direct and indirect contacts for the potential transmission of infection between species using a multilayer contact network. Behaviour, 155(7-9), 731-757. Abstract.  Full text.
Rose PE, Croft DP (2018). Quantifying the social structure of a large captive flock of greater flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus): Potential implications for management in captivity. Behavioural Processes, 150, 66-74. Abstract.  Full text.
Rozins C, Silk MJ, Croft DP, Delahay RJ, Hodgson DJ, McDonald RA, Weber N, Boots M (2018). Social structure contains epidemics and regulates individual roles in disease transmission in a group-living mammal. Ecology and Evolution, 8(23), 12044-12055. Abstract.  Full text.
Diosdado JAV, Barker ZE, Hodges HR, Amory JR, Croft DP, Bell NJ, Codling EA (2018). Space-use patterns highlight behavioural differences linked to lameness, parity, and days in milk in barn-housed dairy cows. PLOS ONE, 13(12). Author URL.  Full text.
Barker ZE, Diosdado JAV, Codling EA, Bell NJ, Hodges HR, Croft DP, Amory JR (2018). Use of novel sensors combining local positioning and acceleration to measure feeding behavior differences associated with lameness in dairy cattle. JOURNAL OF DAIRY SCIENCE, 101(7), 6310-6321. Author URL.
Macario A, Croft DP, Endler JA, Darden SK (2017). Early social experience shapes female mate choice in guppies. Behavioral Ecology, 28(3), 833-843. Abstract.  Full text.
Lacy RC, Williams R, Ashe E, III BKC, Brent LJN, Clark CW, Croft DP, Giles DA, MacDuffee M, Paquet PC, et al (2017). Evaluating anthropogenic threats to endangered killer whales to inform effective recovery plans. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 7 Author URL.  Full text.
Heathcote RJP, Darden SK, Franks DW, Ramnarine IW, Croft DP (2017). Fear of predation drives stable and differentiated social relationships in guppies. Scientific Reports, 7 Abstract.  Full text.
Ellis S, Franks DW, Nattrass S, Cant MA, Weiss MN, Giles D, Balcomb KC, Croft DP (2017). Mortality risk and social network position in resident killer whales: Sex differences and the importance of resource abundance. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284(1865). Abstract.  Full text.
Bolt SL, Boyland NK, Mlynski DT, James R, Croft DP (2017). Pair housing of dairy calves and age at pairing: Effects on weaning stress, health, production and social networks. PLoS ONE, 12(1). Abstract.  Full text.
Croft DP, Johnstone RA, Ellis S, Nattrass S, Franks DW, Brent LJN, Mazzi S, Balcomb KC, Ford JKB, Cant MA, et al (2017). Reproductive Conflict and the Evolution of Menopause in Killer Whales. Current Biology, 27(2), 298-304. Abstract.  Full text.
Silk MJ, Weber N, Steward LC, Delahay RJ, Croft DP, Hodgson DJ, Boots M, McDonald RA (2017). Seasonal variation in daily patterns of social contacts in the European badger meles meles. Ecology and Evolution, 7(21), 9006-9015. Abstract.  Full text.
Rose PE, Croft DP (2017). Social bonds in a flock bird: Species differences and seasonality in social structure in captive flamingo flocks over a 12-month period. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 193, 87-97. Abstract.  Full text.
Stevens CH, Croft DP, Paull GC, Tyler CR (2017). Stress and welfare in ornamental fishes: what can be learned from aquaculture?. Journal of Fish Biology, 91(2), 409-428. Abstract.  Full text.
Silk MJ, Croft DP, Delahay RJ, Hodgson DJ, Weber N, Boots M, McDonald RA (2017). The application of statistical network models in disease research. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 8(9), 1026-1041. Abstract.  Full text.
Edenbrow M, Bleakley BH, Darden SK, Tyler CR, Ramnarine IW, Croft DP (2017). The evolution of cooperation: Interacting phenotypes among social partners. American Naturalist, 189(6), 630-643. Abstract.  Full text.
Silk MJ, Croft DP, Delahay RJ, Hodgson DJ, Boots M, Weber N, McDONALD RA (2017). Using social network measures in wildlife disease ecology, epidemiology, and management. BioScience, 67(3), 245-257. Abstract.  Full text.
Firth JA, Voelkl B, Crates RA, Aplin LM, Biro D, Croft DP, Sheldon BC (2017). Wild birds respond to flockmate loss by increasing their social network associations to others. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284(1854). Abstract.  Full text.
Croft DP, Darden SK, Wey TW (2016). Current directions in animal social networks. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 12, 52-58. Abstract.  Full text.
Killen SS, Croft DP, Salin K, Darden SK (2016). Male sexually coercive behaviour drives increased swimming efficiency in female guppies. Functional Ecology, 30(4), 576-583. Abstract.  Full text.
Franks DW, Nattrass S, Brent LJN, Whitehead H, Foote AD, Mazzi S, Ford JKB, Balcomb KC, Cant MA, Croft DP, et al (2016). The significance of postreproductive lifespans in killer whales: a comment on Robeck et al. Journal of Mammalogy, 97(3), 906-909. Abstract.
Boyland NK, Mlynski DT, James R, Brent LJN, Croft DP (2016). The social network structure of a dynamic group of dairy cows: from individual to group level patterns. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 174, 1-10. Abstract.  Full text.
Vázquez Diosdado JA, Barker ZE, Hodges HR, Amory JR, Croft DP, Bell NJ, Codling EA (2015). Classification of behaviour in housed dairy cows using an accelerometer-based activity monitoring system. Animal Biotelemetry, 3(1). Abstract.  Full text.
Brent LJN, Franks DW, Foster EA, Balcomb KC, Cant MA, Croft DP (2015). Ecological knowledge, leadership, and the evolution of menopause in killer whales. Current Biology, 25(6), 746-750. Full text.
Rose PE, Croft DP (2015). Evidence of directed interactions between individuals in captive flamingo flocks. Wildfowl, 65, 121-132. Abstract.  Full text.
Silk MJ, Jackson AL, Croft DP, Colhoun K, Bearhop S (2015). The consequences of unidentifiable individuals for the analysis of an animal social network. Animal Behaviour, 104, 1-11. Abstract.
Croft DP, Brent LJN, Franks DW, Cant MA (2015). The evolution of prolonged life after reproduction. TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, 30(7), 407-416. Author URL.  Full text.
Rose PE, Croft DP (2015). The potential of Social Network Analysis as a tool for the management of zoo animals. ANIMAL WELFARE, 24(2), 123-138. Author URL.
Tranmer M, Marcum CS, Morton FB, Croft DP, de Kort SR (2015). Using the relational event model (REM) to investigate the temporal dynamics of animal social networks. Animal Behaviour, 101, 99-105. Abstract.  Full text.
Rose PE, Croft DP, Lee R (2014). A review of captive flamingo (Phoenicopteridae) welfare: a synthesis of current knowledge and future directions. International Zoo Yearbook, 48(1), 139-155. Abstract.  Full text.
Wilson ADM, Krause S, James R, Croft DP, Ramnarine IW, Borner KK, Clement RJG, Krause J (2014). Dynamic social networks in guppies (Poecilia reticulata). BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY, 68(6), 915-925. Author URL.
Jacoby DMP, Fear LN, Sims DW, Croft DP (2014). Shark personalities? Repeatability of social network traits in a widely distributed predatory fish. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY, 68(12), 1995-2003. Author URL.  Full text.
Kurvers RHJM, Krause J, Croft DP, Wilson ADM, Wolf M (2014). The evolutionary and ecological consequences of animal social networks: emerging issues. Trends Ecol Evol, 29(6), 326-335. Abstract.  Author URL.
Silk MJ, Croft DP, Tregenza T, Bearhop S (2014). The importance of fission-fusion social group dynamics in birds. IBIS, 156(4), 701-715. Author URL.
Wilson ADM, Croft DP, Krause J (2013). Social networks in elasmobranchs and teleost fishes. Fish and Fisheries
Boyland NK, James R, Mlynski DT, Madden JR, Croft DP (2013). Spatial proximity loggers for recording animal social networks: Consequences of inter-logger variation in performance. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 67(11), 1877-1890. Abstract.
Foster EA, Franks DW, Mazzi S, Darden SK, Balcomb KC, Ford JKB, Croft DP (2012). Adaptive prolonged postreproductive life span in killer whales. Science, 337(6100). Abstract.  Author URL.
Keedwell E, Morley M, Croft D (2012). Continuous Trait-Based Particle Swarm Optimisation (CTB-PSO). Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 7461 LNCS, 342-343. Abstract.  Full text.
Jacoby DMP, Brooks EJ, Croft DP, Sims DW (2012). Developing a deeper understanding of animal movements and spatial dynamics through novel application of network analyses. METHODS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 3(3), 574-583. Author URL.
Bode NWF, Franks DW, Jamie Wood A, Piercy JJB, Croft DP, Codling EA (2012). Distinguishing social from nonsocial navigation in moving animal groups. American Naturalist, 179(5), 621-632. Abstract.
Edenbrow M, Croft DP (2012). Environmental and genetic effects shape the development of personality traits in the mangrove killifish Kryptolebias marmoratus. Oikos
Edenbrow M, Croft DP (2012). Kin and familiarity influence association preferences and aggression in the mangrove killifish Kryptolebias marmoratus. J Fish Biol, 80(3), 503-518. Abstract.  Author URL.
Edenbrow M, Croft DP (2012). Sequential hermaphroditism and personality in a clonal vertebrate: the mangrove killifish. Behav Processes, 90(2), 229-237. Abstract.  Author URL.
Jacoby DMP, Croft DP, Sims DW (2012). Social behaviour in sharks and rays: Analysis, patterns and implications for conservation. Fish and Fisheries, 13(4), 399-417.
Foster EA, Franks DW, Morrell LJ, Balcomb KC, Parsons KM, van Ginneken A, Croft DP (2012). Social network correlates of food availability in an endangered population of killer whales, Orcinus orca. ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR, 83(3), 731-736. Author URL.
Jacoby DMP, Sims DW, Croft DP (2012). The effect of familiarity on aggregation and social behaviour in juvenile small spotted catsharks Scyliorhinus canicula. J Fish Biol, 81(5), 1596-1610. Abstract.  Author URL.
Griffiths AM, Jacoby DMP, Casane D, McHugh M, Croft DP, Genner MJ, Sims DW (2012). The first analysis of multiple paternity in an oviparous shark species, the small-spotted catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula L.). Journal of Heredity, 2(103), 166-73.
Croft DP, Hamilton PB, Darden SK, Jacoby DMP, James R, Bettaney EM, Tyler CR (2012). The role of relatedness in structuring the social network of a wild guppy population. Oecologia, 1-9.
Guttridge TL, Gruber SH, DiBattista JD, Feldheim KA, Krause S, Croft DP, Krause J (2011). Assortative interactions and leadership in free-ranging population of juvenile lemon sharks, Negaprion brevirostris. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 423, 235-245.
Edenbrow M, Croft DP (2011). Behavioural types and life history strategies during ontogeny in the mangrove killifish, Kryptolebias marmoratus. Animal Behaviour, 82, 731-741. Abstract.
Croft DP, Edenbrow M, Darden SK, Ramnarine I, van Oosterhout C, Cable J (2011). Effect of gyrodactylid ectoparasites on host behaviour and social network structure in guppies Poecilia reticulata. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 65, 2219-2227. Abstract.
Mourabit S, Edenbrow M, Croft DP, Kudoh1 T (2011). Embryonic Development of the Self-fertilizing Mangrove Killifish Kryptolebias marmoratus. Developmental Dynamics(240), 1694-1704.
Edenbrow M, Darden SK, Ramnarine IW, Evans JP, James R, Croft DP (2011). Environmental effects on social interaction networks and male reproductive behaviour in guppies, Poecilia reticulata. Animal Behaviour, 81(3), 551-558. Abstract.
Croft DP, Madden J, Franks D, James R (2011). Hypothesis testing in animal social networks. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 26, 502-507.
Krause J, Wilson AMD, Croft DP (2011). New technology facilitates the study of social networks. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 26, 5-6.
Krause J, James R, Croft DP (2011). Personality in the context of social networks. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 4099-4106. Abstract.
Kelley JL, Morrell LJ, Inskip C, Krause J, Croft DP (2011). Predation risk shapes social networks in fission-fusion populations. PLoS-One, 6(8) Full text.
Brask JB, Croft DP, Thompson K, Dabelsteen T, Darden S (2011). Social preferences based on sexual attractiveness: a female strategy to reduce male sexual attention. Proc Biol Sci, 279, 1748-1753. Abstract.
Piyapong C, Krause J, Chapman BB, Ramnarine IW, Louca V, Croft DP (2010). Sex matters: a social context to boldness in guppies (Poecilia reticulata). Behavioral Ecology, 21(1), 3-8. Abstract.
Jones KA, Croft DP, Ramnarine IW, Godin JGJ (2010). Size-assortative shoaling in the guppy (Poecilia reticulata): the role of active choice. Ethology, 116(2), 147-154. Abstract.
Croft DP, Krause J, Darden SK, Ramnarine IW, Faria JJ, James R (2009). Behavioural trait assortment in a social network: Patterns and implications. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 63(10), 1495-1503. Abstract.  Full text.
Shorrocks B, Croft DP (2009). Necks and networks: a preliminary study of population structure in the reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata de Winston). African Journal of Ecology, 47(3), 374-381. Abstract.
James R, Croft DP, Krause J (2009). Potential banana skins in animal social network analysis. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 63(7), 989-997. Abstract.
Croft DP, Darden SK, Ruxton GD (2009). Predation risk as a driving force for phenotypic assortment: a cross-population comparison. Proc Biol Sci, 276(1663), 1899-1904. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Dyer JRG, Croft DP, Morrell LJ, Krause J (2009). Shoal composition determines foraging success in the guppy. Behavioral Ecology, 20(1), 165-171. Abstract.
Darden SK, James R, Ramnarine IW, Croft DP (2009). Social implications of the battle of the sexes: sexual harassment disrupts female sociality and social recognition. Proc Biol Sci, 276(1667), 2651-2656. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Guttridge TL, Gruber SH, Gledhill KS, Croft DP, Sims DW, Krause J (2009). Social preferences of juvenile lemon sharks, Negaprion brevirostris. Animal Behaviour, 78(2), 543-548. Abstract.
Morrell LJ, Croft DP, Dyer JRG, Chapman BB, Kelley JL, Laland KN, Krause J (2008). Association patterns and foraging behaviour in natural and artificial guppy shoals. Animal Behaviour, 76(3), 855-864. Abstract.
Dyer JRG, Ioannou CC, Morrell LJ, Croft DP, Couzin ID, Waters DA, Krause J (2008). Consensus decision making in human crowds. Animal Behaviour, 75(2), 461-470. Abstract.
Thomas POR, Croft DP, Morrell LJ, Davis A, Faria JJ, Dyer JRG, Piyapong C, Ramnarine I, Ruxton GD, Krause J, et al (2008). Does defection during predator inspection affect social structure in wild shoals of guppies?. Animal Behaviour, 75(1), 43-53. Abstract.
Darden SK, Croft DP (2008). Male harassment drives females to alter habitat use and leads to segregation of the sexes. Biol Lett, 4(5), 449-451. Abstract.  Author URL.
Botham MS, Hayward RK, Morrell LJ, Croft DP, Ward JR, Ramnarine I, Krause J (2008). Risk-sensitive antipredator behavior in the Trinidadian guppy, Poecilia reticulata. Ecology, 89(11), 3174-3185. Abstract.
Piyapong C, Morrell LJ, Croft DP, Dyer JRG, Ioannou CC, Krause J (2007). A cost of leadership in human groups. Ethology, 113(9), 821-824. Abstract.
Morrell LJ, Hunt KL, Croft DP, Krause J (2007). Diet, familiarity and shoaling decisions in guppies. Animal Behaviour, 74(2), 311-319. Abstract.
Krause J, Croft DP, James R (2007). Social network theory in the behavioural sciences: Potential applications. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 62(1), 15-27. Abstract.
Croft DP, Morrell LJ, Wade AS, Piyapong C, Ioannou CC, Dyer JRG, Chapman BB, Wong Y, Krause J (2006). Predation risk as a driving force for sexual segregation: a cross-population comparison. Am Nat, 167(6), 867-878. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wright D, Ward AJW, Croft DP, Krause J (2006). Social organization, grouping, and domestication in fish. Zebrafish, 3(2), 141-155. Abstract.
Croft DP, James R, Thomas POR, Hathaway C, Mawdsley D, Laland KN, Krause J (2006). Social structure and co-operative interactions in a wild population of guppies (Poecilia reticulata). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 59(5), 644-650. Abstract.
Croft DP, James R, Ward AJW, Botham MS, Mawdsley D, Krause J (2005). Assortative interactions and social networks in fish. Oecologia, 143(2), 211-219. Abstract.  Author URL.
Croft DP, Arrowsmith BJ, Webster M, Krause J (2004). Intra-sexual preferences for familiar fish in male guppies. Journal of Fish Biology, 64(1), 279-283. Abstract.
Croft DP, Botham MS, Krause J (2004). Is sexual segregation in the guppy, Poecilia reticulata, consistent with the predation risk hypothesis?. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 71(2), 127-133. Abstract.
Croft DP, Krause J, James R (2004). Social networks in the guppy (Poecilia reticulata). Proc Biol Sci, 271 Suppl 6, S516-S519. Abstract.  Author URL.
Croft DP, Arrowsmith BJ, Bielby J, Skinner K, White E, Couzin ID, Magurran AE, Ramnarine I, Krause J (2003). Mechanisms underlying shoal composition in the Trinidadian guppy, Poecilia reticulata. Oikos, 100(3), 429-438. Abstract.
Croft DP, Albanese B, Arrowsmith BJ, Botham M, Webster M, Krause J (2003). Sex-biased movement in the guppy (Poecilia reticulata). Oecologia, 137(1), 62-68. Abstract.  Author URL.
Croft DP, Krause J, Couzin ID, Pitcher TJ (2003). When fish shoals meet: Outcomes for evolution and fisheries. Fish and Fisheries, 4(2), 138-146. Abstract.
Hoare DJ, Ward AJW, Couzin ID, Croft DP, Krause J (2001). A grid-net technique for the analysis of fish positions within free-ranging shoals. Journal of Fish Biology, 59(6), 1667-1672. Abstract.
Krause J, Hoare DJ, Croft D, Lawrence J, Ward A, Ruxton GD, Godin JG, James R (2000). Fish shoal composition: mechanisms and constraints. Proc Biol Sci, 267(1456), 2011-2017. Abstract.  Author URL.

Chapters

Pavelka MSM, Brent LJN, Croft DP, Fedigan LM (2018). Post-fertile Lifespan in Female Primates and Cetaceans. In Kalbitzer U, Jack K (Eds.) Primate Life Histories, Sex Roles, and Adaptability. Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects, Springer, Cham. Full text.
Krause J, James R, Franks D, Croft DP (2014). Assortment in social networks and the evolution of cooperation. In Krause J, James R, Franks D, Croft DP (Eds.) Animal Social Networks, Oxford University Press.
Ioannou CC, Couzin ID, James R, Croft DP, Krause J (2011). Social Organisation and Information Transfer in Schooling Fish. In  (Ed) Fish Cognition and Behavior, 217-239.
Krause J, Ward AJW, James R, Croft DP (2008). Group living and social networks. In C.Magnhagen, V.Braithwaite, E.Forsgren, Kapoor & BG (eds). In Magnhagen C, Braithwaite V, Forsgren E, Kapoor BG (Eds.) Fish behaviour.
Krause J, Ward AJW, James R, Croft DP (2008). Group-living and social networks. In  (Ed) Fish Behaviour, 485-498.  Abstract.
Croft DP, Griffiths SW, Magurran AE, Krause J (2007). The Influence of Reproductive Behaviour on the Social Organisation of Shoaling Fish. In Rocha MJ, Arukwe A, Kapoor BG (Eds.) Fish Reproduction.
Croft DP, Krause J, James R (2006). Predator avoidance and reproductive strategies: Predation risk as a driving factor for size assortative shoaling and its implications for sexual segregation in fish. In  (Ed) Sexual Segregation in Vertebrates: Ecology of the Two Sexes, 115-126.  Abstract.
Couzin ID, James R, Croft DP, Krause J (2006). Social organization and information transfer in schooling fish. In Brown C, Laland KN, Krause J (Eds.) Fish Cognition and Behaviour, Cambridge: Blackwell Publishing.
Krause J, James R, Croft DP (2006). Soziale Netzwerke bei Tieren. In Naguib M (Ed) Methoden der Verhaltensbiologie Heidelberg, Springer-Verlag.
Croft DP, James R, Krause J (2005). Predator avoidance as a factor for size assortative shoaling and its implications for sex segregation in fish. In Ruckstuhl K, Neuhaus P (Eds.) Sexual segregation in vertebrates: ecology of the two sexes, Cambridge University Press.

Publications by year


In Press

Silk MJ, Hodgson D, Rozins C, Croft D, Delahay R, Boots M, McDonald R (In Press). Integrating social behaviour, demography and disease dynamics in network models: applications to disease management in declining wildlife populations. Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences Full text.
Macario A, Croft DP, Darden S (In Press). Male phenotypic diversity experienced during ontogeny mediates female mate choice in guppies. Behavioral Ecology Full text.

2019

Brask JB, Croft DP, Edenbrow M, James R, Bleakley BH, Ramnarine IW, Heathcote RJP, Tyler CR, Hamilton PB, Dabelsteen T, et al (2019). Evolution of non-kin cooperation: social assortment by cooperative phenotype in guppies. R Soc Open Sci, 6(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Cant MA, Croft DP (2019). Grandmothering in space and time. Current Biology Full text.
Weiss MN, Franks DW, Croft DP, Whitehead H (2019). Measuring the complexity of social associations using mixture models. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY, 73(1). Author URL.  Full text.

2018

Ellis S, Franks DW, Nattrass S, Currie TE, Cant MA, Giles D, Balcomb KC, Croft DP (2018). Analyses of ovarian activity reveal repeated evolution of post-reproductive lifespans in toothed whales. Scientific Reports, 8(1). Abstract.  Full text.
Silk MJ, Weber NL, Steward LC, Hodgson DJ, Boots M, Croft DP, Delahay RJ, McDonald RA (2018). Contact networks structured by sex underpin sex-specific epidemiology of infection. Ecology Letters, 21(2), 309-318. Abstract.  Full text.
Heathcote RJ, Darden SK, Troscianko J, Lawson MR, Brown AM, Laker PR, Naisbett-Jones LC, MacGregor HE, Ramnarine I, Croft DP, et al (2018). Dynamic eye colour as an honest signal of aggression. Current Biology, 28(11), R652-R653. Full text.
Rose PE, Brereton JE, Croft DP (2018). Measuring welfare in captive flamingos: Activity patterns and exhibit usage in zoo-housed birds. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 205, 115-125. Abstract.  Full text.
Rose PE, Lloyd I, Brereton JE, Croft DP (2018). Patterns of nocturnal activity in captive greater flamingos. Zoo Biology, 37(5), 290-299. Abstract.  Full text.
Pavelka MSM, Brent LJN, Croft DP, Fedigan LM (2018). Post-fertile Lifespan in Female Primates and Cetaceans. In Kalbitzer U, Jack K (Eds.) Primate Life Histories, Sex Roles, and Adaptability. Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects, Springer, Cham. Full text.
Ellis S, Franks DW, Nattrass S, Cant MA, Bradley DL, Giles D, Balcomb KC, Croft DP (2018). Postreproductive lifespans are rare in mammals. Ecology and Evolution, 8(5), 2482-2494. Abstract.  Full text.
Silk MJ, Drewe JA, Delahay RJ, Weber N, Steward LC, Wilson-Aggarwal J, Boots M, Hodgson DJ, Croft DP, McDonald RA, et al (2018). Quantifying direct and indirect contacts for the potential transmission of infection between species using a multilayer contact network. Behaviour, 155(7-9), 731-757. Abstract.  Full text.
Rose PE, Croft DP (2018). Quantifying the social structure of a large captive flock of greater flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus): Potential implications for management in captivity. Behavioural Processes, 150, 66-74. Abstract.  Full text.
Rozins C, Silk MJ, Croft DP, Delahay RJ, Hodgson DJ, McDonald RA, Weber N, Boots M (2018). Social structure contains epidemics and regulates individual roles in disease transmission in a group-living mammal. Ecology and Evolution, 8(23), 12044-12055. Abstract.  Full text.
Diosdado JAV, Barker ZE, Hodges HR, Amory JR, Croft DP, Bell NJ, Codling EA (2018). Space-use patterns highlight behavioural differences linked to lameness, parity, and days in milk in barn-housed dairy cows. PLOS ONE, 13(12). Author URL.  Full text.
Barker ZE, Diosdado JAV, Codling EA, Bell NJ, Hodges HR, Croft DP, Amory JR (2018). Use of novel sensors combining local positioning and acceleration to measure feeding behavior differences associated with lameness in dairy cattle. JOURNAL OF DAIRY SCIENCE, 101(7), 6310-6321. Author URL.

2017

Macario A, Croft DP, Endler JA, Darden SK (2017). Early social experience shapes female mate choice in guppies. Behavioral Ecology, 28(3), 833-843. Abstract.  Full text.
Lacy RC, Williams R, Ashe E, III BKC, Brent LJN, Clark CW, Croft DP, Giles DA, MacDuffee M, Paquet PC, et al (2017). Evaluating anthropogenic threats to endangered killer whales to inform effective recovery plans. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 7 Author URL.  Full text.
Heathcote RJP, Darden SK, Franks DW, Ramnarine IW, Croft DP (2017). Fear of predation drives stable and differentiated social relationships in guppies. Scientific Reports, 7 Abstract.  Full text.
Ellis S, Franks DW, Nattrass S, Cant MA, Weiss MN, Giles D, Balcomb KC, Croft DP (2017). Mortality risk and social network position in resident killer whales: Sex differences and the importance of resource abundance. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284(1865). Abstract.  Full text.
Bolt SL, Boyland NK, Mlynski DT, James R, Croft DP (2017). Pair housing of dairy calves and age at pairing: Effects on weaning stress, health, production and social networks. PLoS ONE, 12(1). Abstract.  Full text.
Croft DP, Johnstone RA, Ellis S, Nattrass S, Franks DW, Brent LJN, Mazzi S, Balcomb KC, Ford JKB, Cant MA, et al (2017). Reproductive Conflict and the Evolution of Menopause in Killer Whales. Current Biology, 27(2), 298-304. Abstract.  Full text.
Silk MJ, Weber N, Steward LC, Delahay RJ, Croft DP, Hodgson DJ, Boots M, McDonald RA (2017). Seasonal variation in daily patterns of social contacts in the European badger meles meles. Ecology and Evolution, 7(21), 9006-9015. Abstract.  Full text.
Rose PE, Croft DP (2017). Social bonds in a flock bird: Species differences and seasonality in social structure in captive flamingo flocks over a 12-month period. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 193, 87-97. Abstract.  Full text.
Stevens CH, Croft DP, Paull GC, Tyler CR (2017). Stress and welfare in ornamental fishes: what can be learned from aquaculture?. Journal of Fish Biology, 91(2), 409-428. Abstract.  Full text.
Silk MJ, Croft DP, Delahay RJ, Hodgson DJ, Weber N, Boots M, McDonald RA (2017). The application of statistical network models in disease research. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 8(9), 1026-1041. Abstract.  Full text.
Edenbrow M, Bleakley BH, Darden SK, Tyler CR, Ramnarine IW, Croft DP (2017). The evolution of cooperation: Interacting phenotypes among social partners. American Naturalist, 189(6), 630-643. Abstract.  Full text.
Silk MJ, Croft DP, Delahay RJ, Hodgson DJ, Boots M, Weber N, McDONALD RA (2017). Using social network measures in wildlife disease ecology, epidemiology, and management. BioScience, 67(3), 245-257. Abstract.  Full text.
Firth JA, Voelkl B, Crates RA, Aplin LM, Biro D, Croft DP, Sheldon BC (2017). Wild birds respond to flockmate loss by increasing their social network associations to others. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284(1854). Abstract.  Full text.

2016

Croft DP, Darden SK, Wey TW (2016). Current directions in animal social networks. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 12, 52-58. Abstract.  Full text.
Killen SS, Croft DP, Salin K, Darden SK (2016). Male sexually coercive behaviour drives increased swimming efficiency in female guppies. Functional Ecology, 30(4), 576-583. Abstract.  Full text.
Franks DW, Nattrass S, Brent LJN, Whitehead H, Foote AD, Mazzi S, Ford JKB, Balcomb KC, Cant MA, Croft DP, et al (2016). The significance of postreproductive lifespans in killer whales: a comment on Robeck et al. Journal of Mammalogy, 97(3), 906-909. Abstract.
Boyland NK, Mlynski DT, James R, Brent LJN, Croft DP (2016). The social network structure of a dynamic group of dairy cows: from individual to group level patterns. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 174, 1-10. Abstract.  Full text.

2015

Vázquez Diosdado JA, Barker ZE, Hodges HR, Amory JR, Croft DP, Bell NJ, Codling EA (2015). Classification of behaviour in housed dairy cows using an accelerometer-based activity monitoring system. Animal Biotelemetry, 3(1). Abstract.  Full text.
Brent LJN, Franks DW, Foster EA, Balcomb KC, Cant MA, Croft DP (2015). Ecological knowledge, leadership, and the evolution of menopause in killer whales. Current Biology, 25(6), 746-750. Full text.
Rose PE, Croft DP (2015). Evidence of directed interactions between individuals in captive flamingo flocks. Wildfowl, 65, 121-132. Abstract.  Full text.
Silk MJ, Jackson AL, Croft DP, Colhoun K, Bearhop S (2015). The consequences of unidentifiable individuals for the analysis of an animal social network. Animal Behaviour, 104, 1-11. Abstract.
Croft DP, Brent LJN, Franks DW, Cant MA (2015). The evolution of prolonged life after reproduction. TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, 30(7), 407-416. Author URL.  Full text.
Rose PE, Croft DP (2015). The potential of Social Network Analysis as a tool for the management of zoo animals. ANIMAL WELFARE, 24(2), 123-138. Author URL.
Tranmer M, Marcum CS, Morton FB, Croft DP, de Kort SR (2015). Using the relational event model (REM) to investigate the temporal dynamics of animal social networks. Animal Behaviour, 101, 99-105. Abstract.  Full text.

2014

Rose PE, Croft DP, Lee R (2014). A review of captive flamingo (Phoenicopteridae) welfare: a synthesis of current knowledge and future directions. International Zoo Yearbook, 48(1), 139-155. Abstract.  Full text.
Krause J, James R, Franks D, Croft D (2014). Animal Social Networks., Oxford University Press. Abstract.
Krause J, James R, Franks D, Croft DP (2014). Assortment in social networks and the evolution of cooperation. In Krause J, James R, Franks D, Croft DP (Eds.) Animal Social Networks, Oxford University Press.
Wilson ADM, Krause S, James R, Croft DP, Ramnarine IW, Borner KK, Clement RJG, Krause J (2014). Dynamic social networks in guppies (Poecilia reticulata). BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY, 68(6), 915-925. Author URL.
Jacoby DMP, Fear LN, Sims DW, Croft DP (2014). Shark personalities? Repeatability of social network traits in a widely distributed predatory fish. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY, 68(12), 1995-2003. Author URL.  Full text.
Kurvers RHJM, Krause J, Croft DP, Wilson ADM, Wolf M (2014). The evolutionary and ecological consequences of animal social networks: emerging issues. Trends Ecol Evol, 29(6), 326-335. Abstract.  Author URL.
Silk MJ, Croft DP, Tregenza T, Bearhop S (2014). The importance of fission-fusion social group dynamics in birds. IBIS, 156(4), 701-715. Author URL.

2013

Wilson ADM, Croft DP, Krause J (2013). Social networks in elasmobranchs and teleost fishes. Fish and Fisheries
Boyland NK, James R, Mlynski DT, Madden JR, Croft DP (2013). Spatial proximity loggers for recording animal social networks: Consequences of inter-logger variation in performance. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 67(11), 1877-1890. Abstract.

2012

Foster EA, Franks DW, Mazzi S, Darden SK, Balcomb KC, Ford JKB, Croft DP (2012). Adaptive prolonged postreproductive life span in killer whales. Science, 337(6100). Abstract.  Author URL.
Keedwell E, Morley M, Croft D (2012). Continuous Trait-Based Particle Swarm Optimisation (CTB-PSO). Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 7461 LNCS, 342-343. Abstract.  Full text.
Jacoby DMP, Brooks EJ, Croft DP, Sims DW (2012). Developing a deeper understanding of animal movements and spatial dynamics through novel application of network analyses. METHODS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 3(3), 574-583. Author URL.
Bode NWF, Franks DW, Jamie Wood A, Piercy JJB, Croft DP, Codling EA (2012). Distinguishing social from nonsocial navigation in moving animal groups. American Naturalist, 179(5), 621-632. Abstract.
Edenbrow M, Croft DP (2012). Environmental and genetic effects shape the development of personality traits in the mangrove killifish Kryptolebias marmoratus. Oikos
Edenbrow M, Croft DP (2012). Kin and familiarity influence association preferences and aggression in the mangrove killifish Kryptolebias marmoratus. J Fish Biol, 80(3), 503-518. Abstract.  Author URL.
Edenbrow M, Croft DP (2012). Sequential hermaphroditism and personality in a clonal vertebrate: the mangrove killifish. Behav Processes, 90(2), 229-237. Abstract.  Author URL.
Jacoby DMP, Croft DP, Sims DW (2012). Social behaviour in sharks and rays: Analysis, patterns and implications for conservation. Fish and Fisheries, 13(4), 399-417.
Foster EA, Franks DW, Morrell LJ, Balcomb KC, Parsons KM, van Ginneken A, Croft DP (2012). Social network correlates of food availability in an endangered population of killer whales, Orcinus orca. ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR, 83(3), 731-736. Author URL.
Jacoby DMP, Sims DW, Croft DP (2012). The effect of familiarity on aggregation and social behaviour in juvenile small spotted catsharks Scyliorhinus canicula. J Fish Biol, 81(5), 1596-1610. Abstract.  Author URL.
Griffiths AM, Jacoby DMP, Casane D, McHugh M, Croft DP, Genner MJ, Sims DW (2012). The first analysis of multiple paternity in an oviparous shark species, the small-spotted catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula L.). Journal of Heredity, 2(103), 166-73.
Croft DP, Hamilton PB, Darden SK, Jacoby DMP, James R, Bettaney EM, Tyler CR (2012). The role of relatedness in structuring the social network of a wild guppy population. Oecologia, 1-9.

2011

Guttridge TL, Gruber SH, DiBattista JD, Feldheim KA, Krause S, Croft DP, Krause J (2011). Assortative interactions and leadership in free-ranging population of juvenile lemon sharks, Negaprion brevirostris. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 423, 235-245.
Edenbrow M, Croft DP (2011). Behavioural types and life history strategies during ontogeny in the mangrove killifish, Kryptolebias marmoratus. Animal Behaviour, 82, 731-741. Abstract.
Croft DP, Edenbrow M, Darden SK, Ramnarine I, van Oosterhout C, Cable J (2011). Effect of gyrodactylid ectoparasites on host behaviour and social network structure in guppies Poecilia reticulata. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 65, 2219-2227. Abstract.
Mourabit S, Edenbrow M, Croft DP, Kudoh1 T (2011). Embryonic Development of the Self-fertilizing Mangrove Killifish Kryptolebias marmoratus. Developmental Dynamics(240), 1694-1704.
Edenbrow M, Darden SK, Ramnarine IW, Evans JP, James R, Croft DP (2011). Environmental effects on social interaction networks and male reproductive behaviour in guppies, Poecilia reticulata. Animal Behaviour, 81(3), 551-558. Abstract.
Croft DP, Madden J, Franks D, James R (2011). Hypothesis testing in animal social networks. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 26, 502-507.
Krause J, Wilson AMD, Croft DP (2011). New technology facilitates the study of social networks. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 26, 5-6.
Krause J, James R, Croft DP (2011). Personality in the context of social networks. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 4099-4106. Abstract.
Kelley JL, Morrell LJ, Inskip C, Krause J, Croft DP (2011). Predation risk shapes social networks in fission-fusion populations. PLoS-One, 6(8) Full text.
Ioannou CC, Couzin ID, James R, Croft DP, Krause J (2011). Social Organisation and Information Transfer in Schooling Fish. In  (Ed) Fish Cognition and Behavior, 217-239.
Brask JB, Croft DP, Thompson K, Dabelsteen T, Darden S (2011). Social preferences based on sexual attractiveness: a female strategy to reduce male sexual attention. Proc Biol Sci, 279, 1748-1753. Abstract.

2010

Piyapong C, Krause J, Chapman BB, Ramnarine IW, Louca V, Croft DP (2010). Sex matters: a social context to boldness in guppies (Poecilia reticulata). Behavioral Ecology, 21(1), 3-8. Abstract.
Jones KA, Croft DP, Ramnarine IW, Godin JGJ (2010). Size-assortative shoaling in the guppy (Poecilia reticulata): the role of active choice. Ethology, 116(2), 147-154. Abstract.

2009

Croft DP, Krause J, Darden SK, Ramnarine IW, Faria JJ, James R (2009). Behavioural trait assortment in a social network: Patterns and implications. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 63(10), 1495-1503. Abstract.  Full text.
Shorrocks B, Croft DP (2009). Necks and networks: a preliminary study of population structure in the reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata de Winston). African Journal of Ecology, 47(3), 374-381. Abstract.
James R, Croft DP, Krause J (2009). Potential banana skins in animal social network analysis. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 63(7), 989-997. Abstract.
Croft DP, Darden SK, Ruxton GD (2009). Predation risk as a driving force for phenotypic assortment: a cross-population comparison. Proc Biol Sci, 276(1663), 1899-1904. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Dyer JRG, Croft DP, Morrell LJ, Krause J (2009). Shoal composition determines foraging success in the guppy. Behavioral Ecology, 20(1), 165-171. Abstract.
Darden SK, James R, Ramnarine IW, Croft DP (2009). Social implications of the battle of the sexes: sexual harassment disrupts female sociality and social recognition. Proc Biol Sci, 276(1667), 2651-2656. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Guttridge TL, Gruber SH, Gledhill KS, Croft DP, Sims DW, Krause J (2009). Social preferences of juvenile lemon sharks, Negaprion brevirostris. Animal Behaviour, 78(2), 543-548. Abstract.

2008

Morrell LJ, Croft DP, Dyer JRG, Chapman BB, Kelley JL, Laland KN, Krause J (2008). Association patterns and foraging behaviour in natural and artificial guppy shoals. Animal Behaviour, 76(3), 855-864. Abstract.
Dyer JRG, Ioannou CC, Morrell LJ, Croft DP, Couzin ID, Waters DA, Krause J (2008). Consensus decision making in human crowds. Animal Behaviour, 75(2), 461-470. Abstract.
Thomas POR, Croft DP, Morrell LJ, Davis A, Faria JJ, Dyer JRG, Piyapong C, Ramnarine I, Ruxton GD, Krause J, et al (2008). Does defection during predator inspection affect social structure in wild shoals of guppies?. Animal Behaviour, 75(1), 43-53. Abstract.
Croft DP, James R, Krause J (2008). Exploring Animal Social Networks. Princetown, NJ, Princetown University Press.
Krause J, Ward AJW, James R, Croft DP (2008). Group living and social networks. In C.Magnhagen, V.Braithwaite, E.Forsgren, Kapoor & BG (eds). In Magnhagen C, Braithwaite V, Forsgren E, Kapoor BG (Eds.) Fish behaviour.
Krause J, Ward AJW, James R, Croft DP (2008). Group-living and social networks. In  (Ed) Fish Behaviour, 485-498.  Abstract.
Croft D (2008). How far will females go to avoid sexual harassment?. Planet Earth(AUTUMN). Abstract.
Darden SK, Croft DP (2008). Male harassment drives females to alter habitat use and leads to segregation of the sexes. Biol Lett, 4(5), 449-451. Abstract.  Author URL.
Botham MS, Hayward RK, Morrell LJ, Croft DP, Ward JR, Ramnarine I, Krause J (2008). Risk-sensitive antipredator behavior in the Trinidadian guppy, Poecilia reticulata. Ecology, 89(11), 3174-3185. Abstract.

2007

Piyapong C, Morrell LJ, Croft DP, Dyer JRG, Ioannou CC, Krause J (2007). A cost of leadership in human groups. Ethology, 113(9), 821-824. Abstract.
Morrell LJ, Hunt KL, Croft DP, Krause J (2007). Diet, familiarity and shoaling decisions in guppies. Animal Behaviour, 74(2), 311-319. Abstract.
Krause J, Croft DP, James R (2007). Social network theory in the behavioural sciences: Potential applications. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 62(1), 15-27. Abstract.
Croft DP, Griffiths SW, Magurran AE, Krause J (2007). The Influence of Reproductive Behaviour on the Social Organisation of Shoaling Fish. In Rocha MJ, Arukwe A, Kapoor BG (Eds.) Fish Reproduction.

2006

Croft DP, Morrell LJ, Wade AS, Piyapong C, Ioannou CC, Dyer JRG, Chapman BB, Wong Y, Krause J (2006). Predation risk as a driving force for sexual segregation: a cross-population comparison. Am Nat, 167(6), 867-878. Abstract.  Author URL.
Croft DP, Krause J, James R (2006). Predator avoidance and reproductive strategies: Predation risk as a driving factor for size assortative shoaling and its implications for sexual segregation in fish. In  (Ed) Sexual Segregation in Vertebrates: Ecology of the Two Sexes, 115-126.  Abstract.
Couzin ID, James R, Croft DP, Krause J (2006). Social organization and information transfer in schooling fish. In Brown C, Laland KN, Krause J (Eds.) Fish Cognition and Behaviour, Cambridge: Blackwell Publishing.
Wright D, Ward AJW, Croft DP, Krause J (2006). Social organization, grouping, and domestication in fish. Zebrafish, 3(2), 141-155. Abstract.
Croft DP, James R, Thomas POR, Hathaway C, Mawdsley D, Laland KN, Krause J (2006). Social structure and co-operative interactions in a wild population of guppies (Poecilia reticulata). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 59(5), 644-650. Abstract.
Krause J, James R, Croft DP (2006). Soziale Netzwerke bei Tieren. In Naguib M (Ed) Methoden der Verhaltensbiologie Heidelberg, Springer-Verlag.

2005

Croft DP, James R, Ward AJW, Botham MS, Mawdsley D, Krause J (2005). Assortative interactions and social networks in fish. Oecologia, 143(2), 211-219. Abstract.  Author URL.
Croft DP, James R, Krause J (2005). Predator avoidance as a factor for size assortative shoaling and its implications for sex segregation in fish. In Ruckstuhl K, Neuhaus P (Eds.) Sexual segregation in vertebrates: ecology of the two sexes, Cambridge University Press.

2004

Croft DP, Arrowsmith BJ, Webster M, Krause J (2004). Intra-sexual preferences for familiar fish in male guppies. Journal of Fish Biology, 64(1), 279-283. Abstract.
Croft DP, Botham MS, Krause J (2004). Is sexual segregation in the guppy, Poecilia reticulata, consistent with the predation risk hypothesis?. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 71(2), 127-133. Abstract.
Croft DP, Krause J, James R (2004). Social networks in the guppy (Poecilia reticulata). Proc Biol Sci, 271 Suppl 6, S516-S519. Abstract.  Author URL.

2003

Croft DP, Arrowsmith BJ, Bielby J, Skinner K, White E, Couzin ID, Magurran AE, Ramnarine I, Krause J (2003). Mechanisms underlying shoal composition in the Trinidadian guppy, Poecilia reticulata. Oikos, 100(3), 429-438. Abstract.
Croft DP, Albanese B, Arrowsmith BJ, Botham M, Webster M, Krause J (2003). Sex-biased movement in the guppy (Poecilia reticulata). Oecologia, 137(1), 62-68. Abstract.  Author URL.
Croft DP, Krause J, Couzin ID, Pitcher TJ (2003). When fish shoals meet: Outcomes for evolution and fisheries. Fish and Fisheries, 4(2), 138-146. Abstract.

2001

Hoare DJ, Ward AJW, Couzin ID, Croft DP, Krause J (2001). A grid-net technique for the analysis of fish positions within free-ranging shoals. Journal of Fish Biology, 59(6), 1667-1672. Abstract.

2000

Krause J, Hoare DJ, Croft D, Lawrence J, Ward A, Ruxton GD, Godin JG, James R (2000). Fish shoal composition: mechanisms and constraints. Proc Biol Sci, 267(1456), 2011-2017. Abstract.  Author URL.

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External Engagement and Impact

Awards

2014: Fisheries of the British Isles Research Medal: awarded to younger scientists in recognition of exceptional advances in the study of fish biology and/or fisheries.


Editorial responsibilities

Associate Editor, Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology (2011-).

Ethics committee for Animal Behaviour (2012-). 


Invited lectures & workshops

I have given more than 40 invited presentations at conferences, workshops and academic institutions. Selected invitations are given below.

2016: Symposium Speaker: Comparative cetacean/primate behaviour. International Primate Society, Chicago, USA. 

2015: Keynote Speaker: Animal Social Networks, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

2014: Keynote Speaker NIMBioS Investigative Workshop, Animal Social Networks, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA.

2012: Lecturer 7-day PhD course (fish behaviour), University of Lund, Sweden.

2010: Lecturer 7-day PhD course (fish behaviour), University of Gothenburg.

2009: Symposium Speaker Complex Networks across the Natural and Technological Sciences. University of Strathclyde UK.

2008: Lecturer 7-day PhD course at the University of Copenhagen (Commutation Networks in Animals).

2007: Symposium Speaker International Conference of Ethology, Halifax, Canada, 2007.

2006: Keynote Speaker Social Network Analysis in Animal Behaviour, University California Davis USA.


Media Coverage

Selected media coverage

2012: “Dead sons may explain killer whale menopause” New Scientist

2012: “Killer whales live on after menopause to protect sons” BBC News

2012: "Orca Mothers Coddle Adult Sons, Study Finds" New York Times

2011: “The amphibious fish that mates with itself” New Scientist.

2012: “'Cow facebook' will reveal how to milk social network” The Telegraph

2012: “Secrets of the herd mentality” The Times

2009: “Sexual harassment in fish breaks down social structure” Practical Fish Keeping.

2009: “Guppy females take risks to avoid harassment” NERC Planet Earth.

2008: “Female Guppies Risk Death to Avoid Males on the Make” The Discovery Channel.

2008: “Females risk death to avoid sexual harassment” The Independent.

2006: “Guppys prefer death to sex” The Metro.

2006: “Fish courting 'sex pest' dangers” BBC News.

2004: “Networking in the fish tank: the humble guppy always remembers his friends” The Independent.


Workshops/Conferences organised

2016: Member of the Organising Committee of ISBE 2016 (16th Biennial Congress of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology), Streatham Campus, University of Exeter.

2014: (2nd-5th Sept) Organiser of the 6th International Conference of Pociliid Biologists, University of Exeter.

2012 (1-3rd Aug) Co-organiser: Animal Social Networks: Perspectives and Challenges ZiF (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research), Bielefeld, Germany.

2010: Organiser of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) Easter meeting at Exeter University. 3-day conference for 150 delegates. 

Teaching

 

PSY3401 Psychology Research Project (BSc)

PSYM210 Research Apprehenticeship (MSc)

PSY2217 Wild Behaviour (15 credits)

Modules

2018/19

Information not currently available


Supervision / Group

Postdoctoral researchers

Postgraduate researchers

Alumni

  • Natasha Boyland
  • Mathew Edenbrow PhD 2011
  • Emma Foster PhD 2012
  • David Jacoby PhD 2012
  • Alessandro Macario PhD 2013
  • Chloe Stevens
  • Dawn Thomas PhD 2011
  • Jon Ward PhD 2010

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