Science: Storks on the wing

Original Publication in “Science”: click here
Andrea Flack, Máté Nagy, Wolfgang Fiedler, Iain D. Couzin, Martin Wikelski
From local collective behavior to global migratory patterns in white storks.


For little Louis, it is the most exciting day of his life: just six or seven weeks ago, the young stork came into the world on a birch tree in Radolfzell on Lake Constance. Up to this day in June 2014, he has only known his parents and three siblings.

ASAB Christopher Barnard Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Investigator

We are pleased that Dr. Damien Farine was awarded the 2018 Christopher Barnard Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Investigator by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB). This award is given to one researcher each year in recognition for research excellence in the field of Animal Behaviour. Read more about the award here: You can find out more about Damien’s research at his lab page here: Farine Lab

Science: Shared decision-making in wild baboons

A paper published in Science by Ari Strandburg-Peshkin, Damien Farine, Iain Couzin and Meg Crofoot sheds new light on collective movement in highly heterogeneous groups of animals in the wild. This paper combines fitting high-resolution collars to almost all individuals in a troop of wild baboons with innovative analytical techniques to reveal how primate troops decide where and when to move. Baboon movement dynamics are remarkably similar to those predicted by theoretical models of collective animal behaviour that are based on simple interaction rules,

The American Naturalist Presidential Award

The Jordan lab‘s recent paper on optimal social foraging in spiders, which appeared in The American Naturalist, won the 2015 President’s Award for best paper

(via The winner of the American Society of Naturalists’ Presidential Award for the best paper to appear in the journal American Naturalist during 2014 is entitled, “Reproductive Foragers: Male Spiders Choose Mates by Selecting among Competitive Environments” and was written by Alex Jordan,

Science: Emergent sensing of complex environments by mobile animal groups

In our paper “Emergent sensing of complex environments by mobile animal groups“, published in Science, we immerse groups of schooling fish simulated environments where they attempt to seek out preferred habitat. This allows us to reveal how animal groups use emergent sensing as a strategy for taxis in complex and dynamic environments. This paper is available open access from our publications page.

The short movie below shows a portion of an experiment in both visible (top panel) and infrared (bottom panel).