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Author (up) Kurvers, R.H.J.M.; Hölker, F. url  doi
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  Title Bright nights and social interactions: a neglected issue Type Journal Article
  Year 2014 Publication Behavioral Ecology Abbreviated Journal Behav. Ecol.  
  Volume 26 Issue 2 Pages 334-339  
  Keywords Ecology; group dynamics; light at night; light pollution; social consequence; social interactions; social synchrony  
  Abstract Artificial light at night is an increasing threat for ecological processes. Previous work has highlighted the effects of nighttime light on individuals and on higher levels of biological organization, such as community ecology and ecosystem functioning. Here, we focus on the effects of artificial light at night on social interactions and group dynamics. We discuss 4 main ways of how light pollution is expected to alter social interactions and group dynamics. First, light at night can alter the activity patterns of individuals and this is predicted to affect the social network structure of populations, which in turn affects the transfer of information and diseases. Second, changes in activity patterns and disrupted biological rhythms are expected to reduce behavioral synchrony in social processes such as reproduction, migration, and dispersal. Third, increased light at night is expected to affect the communication between individuals; primarily, it will increase the opportunities for visual social information transfer. Last, artificial nighttime light is expected to lower social competence, with subsequent negative effects on aggressive interactions and group coordination. Throughout the article, we propose testable hypotheses and identify suitable study species, and we hope that this article inspires future research on the effects of bright nights on social interactions and group dynamics.  
  Address Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Müggelseedamm 310, 12587 Berlin, Germany  
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  Call Number LoNNe @ schroer @ Serial 1082  
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