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HCR hat trick for Iain Couzin

Following global recognition in two previous editions of the “Global Highly Cited Researchers” list from the Web of Science Group, collective behaviour researcher Iain Couzin has also been included in the 2020 list – for the third time in as many years.

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Group size and makeup affect how social birds move together

Scientists from the University of Konstanz and co-located Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior have used high-resolution GPS tracking methods to provide new insights into how differently sized animal groups move and interact with their environment.

Archive of animal migration in the Arctic

A global archive with movement data collected across three decades logs changes in the behaviour of Arctic animals. The archive is hosted on the Movebank platform at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and the University of Konstanz.

ICARUS: Start of scientific operations

The animal tracking system in space, ICARUS, successfully concluded its test phase and starts scientific operations with a global study on the migration of blackbirds and thrushes – joint project of the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and the University of Konstanz

When power is toxic: dominance reduces influence in groups

New study by researchers from the Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour, the co-located Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, and the University of Texas at Austin finds that groups led by subordinate males outperform those led by dominant and aggressive males.

Covid-19 lockdown reveals human impact on wildlife

Part of an international effort to study how reduced human mobility has affected wildlife, Researchers Martin Wikelski and Matthias Loretto introduce “COVID-19 Bio-Logging Initiative” in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

The danger of broken bonds

Author of a new study showing that humans disturb the social lives of wild giraffes. Damien Farine discusses why disrupted relationships may be a silent killer for social species—even one of the world’s most recognizable animals.