Damien Farine


Damien studies the evolutionary ecology of social and collective behaviour in wild vertebrates. He graduated with joint degrees in Microelectronic Engineering and Computer Science. This was followed by a research position at the CSIRO (Australia) investigating the potential role of bioenergy and biofuels in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Damien joined the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology (EGI) at the University of Oxford as a DPhil student in 2010, studying the role of individual decision-making in social structure and collective animal behaviour within and across species. He then spent one and a half years as a postdoctoral researcher working across several projects: one which investigated the spread of innovations and establishment of culture in wild great tits (at the EGI on a BBSRC funded grant awarded to Ben Sheldon, Lucy Aplin, Alex Thornton and Damien Farine) and a second which examined collective behaviour and group decision-making in wild baboons (at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the University of California Davis on an NSF funded fellowship with Dr. Meg Crofoot and Dr. Tanya Berger-Wolf). In 2015, Damien started as a Principal Investigator at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Konstanz, Germany, and remains as a Research Associate with the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford.