Blair is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Collective Behavior at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and the University of Konstanz. She is a behavioral ecologist who specializes in ungulate ecology and antipredator behavioral strategies. She earned her Ph.D. from Princeton University’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, where she studied the maternal and antipredator behaviour of Thomson’s gazelles in Kenya. For inquiries about the HerdHover project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Collective Behavior at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and the University of Konstanz. He is a biologist and electrical engineer interested in how animals’ physical and social environments affect their behavior – in particular the information they transmit and receive. He received his BSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 2016 where he wrote his thesis on the effects weighting and directedness have on the way social information spreads through graphs.
Jake is a Research Scientist in the Advanced Research Technology Unit at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior. His research focuses on the development and application of advanced, general-purpose methods for the measurement and analysis of animal behavior in laboratory and field environments. His work combines techniques from computer vision, deep learning, and modern statistical methods, such as Bayesian causal inference.
Adwait has diverse research interests in animal communication, cognition, collective behaviours, social evolution, and a strong inclination towards studying animals in natural settings. During his PhD, he studied social learning and flexibility in the vocal communication of vervet monkeys in South Africa. His work involved both detailed natural observations and novel field experiments with the broader aim of gaining insights into potential precursors of human language. For his postdoc, he plans to investigate collective movement and decision-making in Gelada monkeys and other group-living mammals using technologies developed by the HerdHover team.
Iain is the Director of the Department of Collective Behavior at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and the Chair of Biodiversity and Collective Behaviour at the University of Konstanz. He is the supervising principal investigator for this project.
Former Project Members
Sven was a Masters student in the Department of Biology at the University of Konstanz. He joined the project as a field assistant during two field trips to Kenya and wrote his Masters thesis on the effects of drones on the behavior of savannah ungulates. He is currently a PhD student at the Justus Liebig University where he is studying the effectiveness of “smart fences” in deterring livestock predation by wolves.
Felicitas was a Masters student in the Department of Biology at the University of Konstanz. She joined the project as a field assistant and wrote her Masters thesis on the social and collective behaviour of zebras. She is currently doing her PhD at the Wildlife Research Unit of Baden-Württemberg on the social behavior, movement patterns, and interactions of red foxes at European hares.