Integrative animal behaviour is on the rise: some behavioural neuroscientists are increasingly asking 'why', while some behavioural ecologists are starting to ask 'how'. For example, the most recent edition of Krebs and Davies' authoritative Behavioural Ecology: an Evolutionary Approach contains, for the first time, a section on mechanistic analyses of behaviour within an ecological context. This nascent synthesis can be catalysed by molecular genetic analyses of behaviours that occur in a natural context. Recent findings can provide a foundation for increased integration in the study of social behaviour, and provide the basis for an agenda for research on 'sociogenomics'.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)202-205
Number of pages4
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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