HCR hat trick for Iain Couzin
The annual list identifies scientists and social scientists whose work was most often cited in the last decade, underlining the influence and impact the researchers have had in their fields.
Couzin from the Max Planck institute of Animal Behavior (MPIAB), Department of Collective Behaviour, and also the Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour (CASCB) and Department of Biology at the University of Konstanz
Robots help to answer age-old question of why fish school
by Carla Avolio
Study using biomimetic fish-like robots shows that swimming closely together offers fish hydrodynamic benefits – research project with participation from University of Konstanz researchers provides first experimental validation of an answer to an old question.
A fish school is a striking demonstration of synchronicity. Yet centuries of study have left a basic question unanswered: do fish save energy by swimming in schools?
Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior gets a new building at the University of Konstanz
Baden-Württemberg supports the establishment of the Max Planck Institute for Animal Behavior at the University of Konstanz with 60 million euros. The facility is of enormous importance for the state government’s activities on climate protection and in the field of artificial intelligence.
With 58 million euros, Baden-Württemberg will support the establishment of the Max Planck Institute for Behavioral Biology on Lake Constance,
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It’s been a year since the topping out ceremony for the new Centre for Visual Computing of Collectives (VCC) took place. Look at the timelapse of construction up until now. See video here
For more info on the VCC building
Iain Couzin has created a playground for biologists. Cameras follow groups of fish, grasshoppers balance on a ball in a virtual reality container and birds fly around with small backpacks, with which all their conversations are overheard. Film by tv NTR
Watch here (in Dutch)
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Devastating swarms of locusts are devouring everything in their path from Africa to India. Scientists and citizens are waging a massive war with cutting edge technology to stop the infestation from becoming a deadly plague.
Film by CuriosityStream
Interview with Iain Couzin on the causes of the locust plague in East Africa.
Heuschrecken – Schwärme mit Millionen von Heuschrecken vernichten derzeit Ernten in Afrika, Asien und
auf der Arabischen Halbinsel. Für umweltverträgliche, biologische Bekämpfungsmassnahmen ist es zu spät.
Locusts – Flocks of millions of locusts are currently wiping out crops in Africa, Asia and in the Arabian Peninsula. It is too late for environmentally friendly, biological control measures.
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The International Max Planck Research School for Organismal Biology (IMPRS) has released the list of 2020 PhD projects. All projects are fully funded for at least 3 years. Application deadline is Jan 15!
The first publication of the vulturine guineafowl project is out! The team in the Farine lab have revealed the best evidence yet for a multilevel society in a bird species. The study demonstrates that vulturine guineafowl live in stable groups that comprise of multiple breeding units, and that these groups interact preferentially with other groups, both during the day and at communal roosts. The study combined large-scale census data with high-resolution GPS tracking to reveal the highly detailed information about the vulturine guineafowl society.