Ivan Puga Gonzalez

Ivan Puga Gonzalez

Senior Researcher

+47 939 40 232
Universitetsveien 19, 4630 Kristiansand, Norway

I hold a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Natural Sciences from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. I did my first post-doc at the Department of Ecology, Physiology and Ethology , Hubert Curien Pluridisciplinary Institute, National Center for Scientific Research, CNRS at Strasbourg, France. Currently, I am a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway, and a researcher at NORCE, Kristiansand.

My field of expertise is on the development and analysis of agent-based models of social behavior, and to a lesser degree, the analysis of social networks and social behavior of group-living animals, especially primates. Given the interdisciplinary nature of my research, during my scientific career, I have worked in a range of different topics, animal behavior, animal social networks, social sciences, etc. My main interest is on the self-organization of complex social systems, how complexity at the group level may emerge from local interactions and simple heuristics at the individual level. I am particularly interested in human and non-human primates' social systems.

I am currently working on several different projects. I am part of the Religion, Ideology & Prosociality (RIP) project, working on agent-based models that aim at a better understanding of the cognitive and cultural mechanisms leading to the secularization of societies. I am also part of the Emotional Contagion: Predicting and Preventing the Spread of Misinformation, Stigma, and Fear during a Pandemic ”(EmotiCon) project and the Modeling Religious Change project.

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Simulated poaching affects global connectivity and efficiency in social networks of African savanna elephants-An exemplar of how human disturbance impacts group-living species – PLoS Computational Biology 2022
InCREDulity in artificial societies – 2021
Religious exiting and social networks: Computer simulations of religious/secular pluralism – Secularism and Nonreligion 2021
Belief in God, Confidence in the Church and Secularization in Scandinavia – Secularism and Nonreligion 2021
The consistency of individual centrality across time and networks in wild vervet monkeys – American Journal of Primatology 2021
Modeling marginalization: Emergence, social physics, and social ethics of bullying – Simulation Series 2020
Modeling Marginalization: Emergence, Social Physics, and Social Ethics of Bullying – 2020
Null models for animal social network analysis and data collected via focal sampling: Pre‐network or node network permutation? – Methods in Ecology and Evolution 2020
The effects of data collection and observation methods on uncertainty of social networks in wild primates – American Journal of Primatology 2020
A multilevel statistical toolkit to study animal social networks: the Animal network toolkit Software (Ants) R package – Scientific Reports 2020
The Artificial Society Analytics Platform – Springer Proceedings in Complexity 2020
Network measures in animal social network analysis: Their strengths, limits, interpretations and uses – Methods in Ecology and Evolution 2020
Minority integration in a Western city: An agent-based modelling approach – 2019
Multi-agent kunstig intelligens og offentlig politikk – Samfundslederskab i Skandinavien 2019
Interacting with human simulations: A prototype application – Simulation Series 2019
Dimensionality and factorial invariance of religiosity among Christians and the religiously unaffiliated: A cross-cultural analysis based on the International Social Survey Programme – PLOS ONE 2019
Mechanisms of network evolution: a focus on socioecological factors, intermediary mechanisms, and selection pressures – Primates 2018
Social style and resilience of macaques? networks, a theoretical investigation – Primates 2018
Mechanisms of reciprocity and diversity in social networks: a modeling and comparative approach – Behavioral Ecology 2018
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