The CoCoMo Team

The CoCoMo Team

Baptiste Averly

IMPRS doctoral candidate
Konstanz - Bücklestraße

I am a behavioral ecologist broadly interested in the way social animals exchange information in different ecological contexts, and how this in turn affects group-level outcomes. My main goal is to characterize how meerkats use vocal signaling to maintain group-cohesion and achieve coordination during movement. I am using custom-made collars to collect high-resolution movement and acoustic data of whole groups of meerkats at the Kalahari Meerkat Project in South Africa. 


Communication & Collective Movement • Spatial and acoustic data • Meerkats

Dr. Vlad Demartsev

Postdoc
Konstanz - Bücklestraße

I am a behavioural ecologist interested in communication in social mammals and its self-regulated coordination. In meerkats, I study the interaction aspect of communication such as the timing of the vocalisation and the social dynamics of vocal exchanges. I also explore breathing as a potential indicator of vocalisation intention and as a possible social cue aiding in regulation of signalling turns. 


Communication & Collective Movement • Turn-taking • Meerkats  • Hyrax

Dr. Kiran Dhanjal-Adams

Postdoc
Konstanz - Bücklestraße

I am an ecological modeller using machine learning to classify calls in meerkats, hyenas and coatis, to understand how communication influences group dynamics over multiple spatial and temporal scales. Using GPS and audio data from collared wild individuals, allows us to analyse how group movement and cohesion is facilitated by vocal communication. Looking at inter-species variation gives us insight into differences in short versus long distance communication and differences between very cohesive versus fission-fusion species.


Communication & Collective Movement Machine learning Bird migration Connectivity Meerkats

Emily Grout

IMPRS doctoral candidate
Konstanz - Bücklestraße

I am a behavioural ecologist, interested in communication in social mammals. Collaring white-nosed coatis living in Panama, I collect audio, high-resolution accelerometer and GPS data to assemble a call repertoire in combination with observed behaviours. I study the resulting effects of vocalisations on group cohesion, dynamics and movement, and the influence of environmental variation on mechanisms used in communication.


Communication & Collective Movement • Food For Thought • Coatis 

Pranav Minasandra

IMPRS doctoral candidate

I am a computational biologist, interested in collective animal behaviour and movement patterns. My work is focused on social factors that affect synchronisation of wake-sleep cycles in animals. in cooperation with the Jordan lab, I will combine theoretical and experimental approaches to study these factors in cichlid fish. Using a model-fitting approach, I will address questions about the social dimension of synchronisation. 


Behavioural state dynamics Social entrainment Wake-sleep cycle • Spotted hyenas • Cichlid fish

Vivek Hari Sridhar

IMPRS doctoral candidate
+49 7531 88-5286
Konstanz - Bücklestraße

I am a computational biologist, interested in the interplay between individual and group level properties in animal societies. I investigate decision-making across scales: how individual behaviour translates to decisions at the group level and thus affects collective motion and information propagation. Currently, I analyse trajectories, construct agent-based models, and use Bayesian inference to study coordination of movement via vocal communication in meerkats. 


Communication & Collective Movement • Bayesian inference • Neural networks • Information • Meerkats

Dr. Ariana Strandburg-Peshkin

Group Leader
Konstanz - Bücklestraße

My group studies the mechanisms and consequences of collective behavior in social animals. We seek to understand how individuals in groups coordinate and communicate with one another to make collective decisions. We combine high-resolution tracking of entire social groups in the wild with boots-on-the-ground field biology, and develop analytical approaches to comprehend the patterns of collective behavior we see in nature. 


Communication & Collective Movement • Coatis • Meerkats  • Hyenas  • Baboons 

Dr. Mara Thomas

Postdoc

I am a neuroscientist and bioinformatician interested in developing computational methods to understand how and what animals communicate. Currently, I use unsupervised dimensionality reduction and clustering to reveal patterns in meerkat vocalizations. More generally, I am interested in all types of data-driven research that aim to decipher emotions and intentions of animals and how we can use this knowledge to protect them. 


Communication & Collective Movement Machine learning • Meerkats
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