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MPI Kolloquium

Wednesday, 03.07.2013 15:15 s.t.

Movement Ecology in a data-rich world

by Ph.D. Margaret C. Crofoot
from University of Konstanz, Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology, Vogelwarte Radolfzell

Contact person: Theo Geisel


Ludwig Prandtl lecture hall


How do groups of individuals reach a consensus about where to go and what to do? Collective decisions like these are one of the great challenges of group-living, and how group members mitigate conflicts of interest and make decisions that optimize individual or group outcomes are central to understanding the evolution of complex social systems. At the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology’s Division of Migration and Immuno-ecology, custom-made telemetry loggers that allow us to collect high-resolution data on the movement and behavior of entire animal groups, in their natural habitat are making it possible to explore these questions and start to disentangle the socially-contingent nature of group-living animals’ behavioral choices. In this talk, we will present new data on the movement decisions of baboon troops and pigeon flocks and discuss new analytical methods we are developing to explore collective movement using high-resolution, multi-dimensional telemetry data.

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