PLoS Biology: Are fish aware of themselves?

The cleaner wrasse responds to a mirror reflection as self—but does this mean that fish are self-aware?

The ability to perceive and recognise a reflected mirror image as self is considered a hallmark of cognition across species. Now researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell, the University of Konstanz, and Osaka City University report that cleaner wrasse respond to their reflection and attempt to remove marks on its body during the mirror test.

Prof.Dr.Lee Alan Dugatkin gives public talk at Uni Konstanz

25th of February, 18:00-19:00 in R 611

Prof.Dr.Lee Alan Dugatkin, Professor of Biology and Distinguished University Scholar, University of Louisville will give a public talk at the University of Konstanz about his highly acclaimed book “How to Tame a Fox (and build a dog)”

“Sparkling… A story that is part science, part Russian fairy tale, and part spy thriller.. . it may serve — particularly now — as a parable of the lessons that can emerge from unfettered science,

Heuschrecken – die rätselhafte achte Plage / Locusts – the enigmatic 8th plague

Schweizer Radio (SRF) sendet einen 53 minütigen Beitrag über Heuschreckenschwärme – 15 Minuten davon sind Iain Couzin’s Forschung gewidmet.

Seit alters her tauchen Heuschreckenschwärme aus der Wüste auf und fressen Felder kahl. Noch vor Jahrzehnten verursachten sie Hungersnöte und Tausende Tote. Seit alters her versuchen die Menschen herauszufinden, wie sie die Schwärme vorhersagen und bekämpfen können. Trotzdem bleiben viele Rätsel. Mehr…

Der Beitrag ist in deutsch.


Laying Groundstone for Center for Visual Computing of Collectives (VCC)

Financial secretary Gisela Splett was laying the groundstone (24th of July) for the VCC building at the University of Konstanz.

The new VCC will enable the exploration of swarm behavior and group movements in animal communities with new approaches on an area of about 3,200 square meters. In the special laboratories the movement of all individuals of a swarm is to be pursued. An attempt is made to keep the environment as natural as possible.