Events at the MPIAB

Using the Internet of Animals to Monitor Local and Global Biodiversity

Institute Seminar by Roland Kays
My vision for conservation focuses on animal population size and connectivity. First, we need annual estimates of animal abundance and their trends to know which species most need our help, where. Second, we need species-specific measures of habitat connectivity between these populations to ensure animal movement continues to provide genetic exchange and allow colonization of new habitats as the ... [more]

EAT, PREY, LOVE: The Role of Food & Mates in Shaping Lion Societies

Institute Seminar by Stotra Chakrabarti
  • Date: Jun 4, 2024
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Stotra Chakrabarti
  • Dr. Stotra Chakrabarti is an Assistant Professor of Animal Behaviour at Macalester College, Minnesota, USA. He has a MS in Wildlife Sciences and a PhD in Animal Behaviour from the Wildlife Institute of India, and he did his Postdoctoral Research from the University of Minnesota. He is a behavioural ecologist & conservation biologist, who’s expertise is in studying the links between fundamental animal ecology and applied conservation, with large mammals (especially carnivores) as study species. Stotra’s curiosity in the natural world began with a childhood spent watching leopards and elephants in the vicinity of where he grew up: the foothills of Himalayas in India. Subsequently, a very immersive and rigorous graduate program at the Wildlife Institute of India cemented his interest in animal behaviour and conservation biology.
  • Location: Bückle St. 5a, 78467 Konstanz
  • Room: Seminar room MPI-AB Bücklestrasse + Online
  • Host: Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior
  • Contact: nborrego@ab.mpg.de
Lions are iconic top predators that feature intensely in research and conservation projects. However, majority of such research has focused on lions in prey-rich savanna habitats. The typical model lion thus belongs to only a few charismatic populations, thereby confining our understanding of the behaviour of a widely distributed species. In this seminar, by summarizing my long-term behavioural ... [more]

Wolf personalities, ecosystem impacts, and the possibility of wolf cultures

Guest talk by Jospeh Bump
  • Date: Jun 5, 2024
  • Time: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Joseph Bump
  • Bump holds the Gordon W. Gullion Endowed Chair and is Director of Graduate Studies for the Conservation Science Program at the University of Minnesota. Bump’s focus is on the functional role animals species play—alive and dead—in ecosystems and how that applies to biodiversity conservation. He currently leads research projects in Voyageurs, Isle Royale, and Yellowstone National Parks, across Minnesota, and in Switzerland, Kenya, and India. His broader impact efforts include a ‘field-to-phone’ social media campaign, a statewide participatory science program, and scientific art exhibits. Bump’s curiosity in the natural world began with a childhood spent mucking around the Hudson River and Tivoli Bays in New York. He earned most of his college tuition by catching salmon as a commercial fisherman on the northside of Kodiak Island, Alaska, which was a formative experience in the natural world. Undergraduate field courses at the University of Michigan’s Biological Station confirmed Bump’s interest in animal ecology and he finished a biology degree in just a little over four years. Jobless at the turn of the century, Bump followed a woman west to Wyoming and through much luck, support, and steady effort he bounced between the Great Lakes and the Rockies, earning degrees and positions until now.
  • Location: Bückle St. 5a, 78467 Konstanz
  • Host: Natalia Borrego
  • Contact: nborrego@ab.mpg.de
Animal personalities can modulate ecosystems, but the impact of individual predator personalities is largely unexamined. To assess how predator personalities can alter ecosystems, we examined wolf predation of beaver, which are a consummate wetland engineer. We compared wolf kill rates (beavers killed per day) and wolf ambushing rates (ambushing attempts per day) from wolves in the same social ... [more]

Dispatches from the Field

A free, art-science event at KULA
Moving from the laboratory into the field, and landing back on the dance floor of club KULA in Konstanz, the event "Dispatches from the Field" delivers experiments in behavioral biology and the arts from the transdisciplinary residency program "Field Trip". [more]

Institute Seminar by Tiago Monteiro

Institute Seminar by Tiago Monteiro

Doctoral defense by Salamatu Abdu

Supervised by Damien Farine

Understanding the evolution of social relationships: Lessons from comparative research

Institute Seminar by Delphine de Moor
  • Date: Jun 18, 2024
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Delphine de Moor
  • My research investigates the selective pressures and evolutionary fitness outcomes of social relationships. I combine broad-scale, comparative analyses of social structure across species with longitudinal analyses of social relationships within species, with a particular focus on macaques. I have a BSc and MSc in Biology from the University of Ghent, a PhD degree in Behavioural Ecology from the University of Göttingen and the German Primate Center, and am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour at the University of Exeter.
  • Location: Bückle St. 5a, 78467 Konstanz
  • Room: Seminar room MPI-AB Bücklestrasse + Online
  • Host: Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior
  • Contact: gabriella.gall@ab.mpg.de
Dimensions of the social environment consistently emerge as some of the strongest predictors of fitness across a broad range of social mammals. This includes taxa spanning hundreds of millions of years of independent evolution and encompassing a highly diverse set of social relationship types. How can we understand the selective pressures that shape this diversity? Comparing social structures ... [more]

Institute Seminar by Eliezer Gurarie

Institute Seminar by Eliezer Gurarie

Introduction in Proposal Writing

  • Start: Jun 27, 2024 09:15 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • End: Jun 28, 2024 05:15 PM
  • Speaker: Dr. Babette Regierer and Dr. Brian Cusack, Science Craft
  • Dr. Babette Regierer joins Science Craft for the instruction of the Applied Proposal Writing workshop. Her 10 years of professional proposal writingand international teaching and consulting experience encompass 200 proposal consultations and active participation in writing more than 50 proposals. This has informed her design and teaching of proposal writing courses at Pearls – Potsdam Research Network. · Dr. Brian Cusack is a native English-speaking scientist with over 15 years of scientific writing, editing and publishing experience in high-ranking scientific journals. Dr Brian Cusack comes from Cork, Ireland and received his Ph.D. in Genetics from Trinity College, Dublin in 2007. During his Ph.D. Brian received the kind of mentoring that he continues to consider as the gold-standard for graduate students. After completing his first postdoc at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, Brian conducted post-doctoral research in evolutionary genomics at the Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin. In February 2012, together with Rick Scavetta, Brian co-founded Science Craft in Berlin. Since then Brian has provided high-level training workshops for more than a thousand researchers throughout Germany as well as in Norway and China.
  • Location: University of Konstanz
  • Room: ZT1201
  • Host: IMPRS
  • Contact: imprs@uni-konstanz.de
This two-day workshop enables life scientists to write grants and fellowships that get their research funded! The participants learn how to view proposal writing as a competition in a marketplace of research ideas and as an instrument for career advancement, develop and sell a research idea by matching it to the goals of the targeted funding body, convince reviewers of ce of the research idea ... [more]

Getting Published and Mastering Peer Review

  • Start: Jul 1, 2024 09:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • End: Jul 2, 2024 05:00 PM
  • Speaker: Brian Cusack, Science Craft
  • Who is you trainer: Dr. Brian Cusack comes from Cork, Ireland and received his Ph.D. in Genetics from Trinity College, Dublin in 2007. During his Ph.D. Brian received the kind of mentoring that he continues to consider as the gold-standard for graduate students. After completing his first postdoc at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, Brian conducted post-doctoral research in evolutionary genomics at the Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin. In February 2012, together with Rick Scavetta, Brian co-founded Science Craft in Berlin. Since then Brian has provided high-level training workshops for more than a thousand researchers throughout Germany as well as in Norway and China.
  • Location: University of Konstanz
  • Room: ZT1201
  • Host: IMPRS
  • Contact: imprs@uni-konstanz.de
Peer Review is the foundation of the scientific method, providing quality control for published research findings. Yet more than 95% of researchers receive no training in this essential skill, forcing them to learn, by trial and error, how to engage in peer review as authors and reviewers. Science Craft’s newest workshop is unique in filling this important skills-gap. Participants learn how to ... [more]

Institute Seminar by Ana Sequeira

Institute Seminar by Ana Sequeira

Restoring biodiversity – the key to preventing the next pandemic?

Institute Seminar by Lucinda Kirkpatrick
  • Date: Jul 9, 2024
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Lucinda Kirkpatrick
  • I carried out my PhD at the University of Stirling investigating biodiversity differences and animal behaviour in response to management decisions in commercial coniferous plantations in the UK. While this focussed primarily on bat species, for my post doc and fellowship (FWO), I changed country, study species and study location to investigate how individual and population level drivers influence disease transmission in the multimammate mouse in Tanzania based at the EVECO group at the University of Antwerp, under Prof. Herwig Leirs. I have now joined Bangor University in North Wales as Lecturer in Wildlife Ecology, alongside co-leading a large consortium of partners to investigate how restoration influences biodiversity recovery, individual behaviour and mechanisms of spillover risk. This project, funded by Horizon EU, has just started and will run for four years and is a bringing together of the landscape scale drivers of biodiversity I investigated with my PhD and the drivers and mechanisms of spillover risk which underpinned my post doctoral and fellowship work. In addition, in order to investigate some of these key mechanisms of spillover risk, I collaborated with colleagues in Engineering in UAntwerp to develop miniaturised proximity loggers, which we launched into a spin off company, IoSA BV, focussed on low power solutions to investigating key components of animal behaviour.
  • Location: MPI-AB Möggingen
  • Room: Seminar room MPI-AB Möggingen + Online
  • Host: Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior
  • Contact: twild@ab.mpg.de
There is clear and growing evidence that anthropogenic impacts on our environment are impacting our quality of life. Spillovers of zoonotic diseases occur more frequently in degraded landscapes where contact between humans and wildlife increase. Restoration has been flagged as a key tool in our quest to redress some of the damage that has been done historically but there is very little known ... [more]

Institute Seminar by Sara Beery

Institute Seminar by Sara Beery
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