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New Zukunftskolleg Research Award

The Zukunftskolleg of the University of Konstanz is introducing a new research prize: the Zukunftskolleg Research Award commends excellent academic achievements by young researchers and helps them to further develop their academic profile. For the inaugural award in 2022, nominations for scientific work on “The Evolution of Behaviour” are invited.

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No time to nap in nature

The first study ever to examine sleeping behavior in a wild group of primates has challenged a central tenet of sleep science: that we must make up for lost sleep. Even after sleeping poorly, wild baboons still spent time on other priorities, such as socializing with group-mates or looking out for predators, rather than catching up on lost sleep. The team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, the Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour at the University of…

AI experts and ecologists join forces to revolutionize wildlife research

A team of experts in artificial intelligence and animal ecology have put forth a new, cross-disciplinary approach intended to enhance research on wildlife species and make more effective use of the vast amounts of data now being collected thanks to new technology. Their study appears today in Nature Communications.

Saving animal lives using Big Data

The Movebank ecosystem of tools offers a one-stop-shop solution to storing, sharing, and making sense of the deluge of data generated by the animal tracking revolution. The Big Data platform helps scientists study animal behavior and ecology, and it can save animal lives - by enabling large-scale conservation projects, but also in individual cases.

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize for Iain Couzin

Outstanding research on the "rules of the swarm": behavioural biologist Professor Iain Couzin from the University of Konstanz awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG). The Leibniz Prize, which is awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), is the most important and most highly endowed research award in Germany.

One algorithm to rule decision-making

Researchers uncover a single rule for how animals make spatial decisions while on the move – international research project lead by Konstanz scientists