Invading new environments: a mechanistic framework linking motor diversity and cognition to establishment success

Griffin, Andrea S., Guez, D., Federspiel, I., Diquelou, Marie, and Lermite, F. (2016) Invading new environments: a mechanistic framework linking motor diversity and cognition to establishment success. In: Weis, Judith S., and Sol, Daniel, (eds.) Biological Invasions and Animal Behaviour. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 7-25.

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To invade a new environment and become established all animals need to solve the same set of problems: First, they need to detect new resources and investigate them. Second, they need to develop the skills to exploit them and, third, store adequate information to be able to identify and handle them in the future. Fourth, they need to detect new predators and avoid them. Admittedly, the amplitude of these challenges will most likely vary with the degree of adaptive match between the invader and the new environment (Duncan et al., 2003; Sol, 2007). Invaders arriving from environments similar to their new surroundings benefit from their existing learned and evolutionary knowledge because the cues that signal resources in their new environment and the way new items need to be handled will bear some similarity to the cues they experienced and the skills they deployed in their original environment. The challenges are greatest for those invaders arriving from different environments because their existing knowledge will not apply to their new circumstances. But, overall, whatever their level of adaptive match, invaders confronted with unfamiliar surroundings and unfamiliar circumstances all face these problems to some extent. The question we address here is which behavioural and cognitive mechanisms assist alien animals in solving these challenges.

Item ID: 50210
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-139-93949-2
Keywords: ecology and conservation, animal behaviour, life sciences
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Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2017 23:45
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5299 Other psychology > 529999 Other psychology not elsewhere classified @ 50%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3109 Zoology > 310901 Animal behaviour @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 50%
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