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The Emergence and Scaling of Division of Labor in Insect Societies

Abstract Division of labor, whereby different group members perform different functions, is a fundamental attribute of sociality. It appears across social systems, from simple cooperative groups to complex eusocial colonies. A core challenge in sociobiology is to explain how patterns of collective organization are generated. Theoretical models propose that division of labor self-organizes, or emerges, from interactions among group members and the environment; division of labor is also predicted to scale positively with group size. I empirically investigated the emergence and scaling of division of labor in evolutionarily incipient groups of sweat bees and in eusocial colonies of harvester ants. To test whether division of labor is an emergent proper... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Holbrook, Carter Tate (Author) / Fewell, Jennifer H (Advisor) / Gadau, Jürgen (Committee member) / Harrison, Jon F (Committee member) / Hölldobler, Berthold (Committee member) / Johnson, Robert A (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Biology
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 133 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Biology 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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