Events at the MPIAB

Bridging across scales in animal behavior

Institute Seminar by Antonio C. Costa
Recent years have seen an explosion in our ability to measure the movement of animals in naturalistic environments. However, such data poses tremendous challenges for quantitative analysis, as behavior is generally partially-observed, unpredictable, multiscale and far from equilibrium. I'll discuss how we can leverage first principles to draw simple yet predictive models of animal behavior across ... [more]

Sustainability Group Meeting / Nachhaltigkeitstreffen MPIAB

Discuss with us how to make the MPI-AB more sustainable or send a mail to! [more]

Animating ancient trade routes through primate lifeways

Workshop Primates
The ancient trade of nonhuman primates is a topic at the intersection of Near Eastern archaeology, Egyptology, and primatology––three fields that rarely interact due to the nature of our disciplinary silos. Yet, there is great promise to working across these subdivisions of anthropology, of merging the study of primate lifeways and afterlives. New knowledge related to primate ecology and life ... [more]

Modeling collectives and collectives modeling

Institute Seminar by Gonzalo Polavieja
I will talk about two themes in the lab. One is how we approach the modeling of collective animal behavior. I will discuss from principled to Machine Learning methods and describe which advantages and limitations we found for each of them. The second theme is more theoretical and asks how a collective of artificial agents can make useful models to solve problems, for example how a collective of ... [more]

Species interactions in degraded tropical landscapes; implications for forest ecosystem restoration

Institute Seminar by Daisy Dent
Animals are the mobile links that connect landscapes across space and time. Through their movement and behavior, animals shape ecological processes that cascade into key ecosystem functions. Seed dispersal by fruit-eating animals perfectly illustrates how ecological processes connect animal behavior to broader ecosystem functions. I will present data on trees, frugivorous birds and their ... [more]

Institute Seminar by Dino Scaravelli

Institute Seminar by Dino Scaravelli
  • Date: Jun 27, 2023
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Dino Scaravelli
  • Dr. Dino Scaravelli is an Adjunct professor at the Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences, University of Bologna. He has long professional experience in various fields of natural sciences, carrying out his professional action and scientific research on bats, micromammals, mesocarnivores, herpetology, detection of natural ecosystems, management of protected areas, museology, entomology, parasitology and pathology of wild animals, vertebrates marine.
  • Room: Seminar room MPI-AB Möggingen + Online
  • Host: Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior
  • Contact:

Introduction in Scientific Writing

This two-day workshop enables life scientists to to write clearly and with impact! The participants learn how to construct a “take-home” message that tells the story of their research, choose words that communicate their science clearly, and structure their paper into a flowing narrative.Participants receive a printed manual guiding them through all levels of scientific writing from the ... [more]

Grant Proposal writing

Sexual conflict and sociality in spotted hyenas: What has male dispersal got to do with female power?

Institute Seminar by Oliver Höner
  • Date: Jul 4, 2023
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Oliver Höner
  • Dr. Oliver Höner is a senior scientist at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research and head of the Ngorongoro Hyena Project. Since 2007 he also works as the red list authority of the IUCN/SSC Hyaena Specialist Group and he is a scientific advisor to the Tanzanian authorities Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute and Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority. His research interests are mate choice, sexual selection, sexual conflict, dispersal, cultural evolution, human-carnivore conflict.
  • Room: Seminar room MPI-AB Bücklestrasse + Online
  • Host: Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior
  • Contact:

Means to succeed in resource competition

Institute Seminar by Michael Taborsky
Organisms compete for resources. To succeed, competitors may either ‘race’ to be quicker than others, ‘fight’ for privileged access, or ‘share’ their efforts and gains. I aim to discuss how the ecology and intrinsic attributes of organisms select for each of these strategies. Special emphasis will be given to the evolution of cooperation, with examples including a range of different taxa. Here the ... [more]

Good Scientific Practice - Avoid Research Misconduct

Good Scientific Practice - Avoid Research Misconduct

Themes and Variations in Animal Behavior

Institute Seminar by Gordon Berman
Animal behavior consists of an intricate hierarchy of dynamics, from brief muscle twitches to stereotyped behaviors to longer-lived states like hunger, aggression, and parenting. How does an animal bridge these timescales to create complex sequences of actions? The approach that most researchers take when studying sequences of behaviors tends to be strictly probabilistic, observing how discrete ... [more]

Advanced writing course

Being a scientist means one must have many skills and talents -intimidatingly so sometimes. Writing papers is one of the most important ones. It's the currency into which we turn our research and also the most important means for the community to judge us by. Luckily, like most aspects of science it's a skill that we can improve on and this course will help you do just this. We will spend a couple ... [more]
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