Ever since I took a class a few years ago on social network science, I’ve been fascinated by all the unexpected ways that different types of social networks can behave. For example, simple ideas can spread quickly through groups with lots of social connections (hello internet!) but the spread of more complex ideas can actually be limited by too many connections (groupthink!). Almost everything happens these days in groups and partnerships, so making sure our social networks are functioning well is going to be critical if we want to be able to maintain our ecological networks into the future.

Instead of trying to explain some of the cool lessons from social network sciences in this blog, I’d suggest you try out this somewhat long, but totally worth it, interactive web tutorial. It’s fun way to learn about some of the interesting and unexpected ways social networks function.