Department of Collective Behavior

Department of Collective Behavior

Our research focuses on revealing the principles that underlie collective animal behavior. Understanding how social influence shape biological processes is a central challenge, essential for achieving progress in a variety of fields ranging from the organization and evolution of coordinated collective action among cells, or animals, to the dynamics of information exchange in human societies. By developing an integrated experimental and theoretical research program we aim to explore functional properties of groups in a context that can reveal how, and why, social behavior has evolved.

A fundamental problem in a wide range of disciplines is understanding how functional complexity at a macroscopic scale results from the actions and interactions among the individual components. We use a wide range of animal systems to address this fundamental question.

The Collective Behavior Labs



<h1 class="node-title">Scientists dissect the complex choices of animals</h1>

Scientists from the Univeristy of Konstanz and the co-located Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior turn to CT scanning and 3D printing technology to engineer a precise answer to the question: what are animals choosing when they choose a home?

ASAB Summer Conference in Constance 26.08-29.08.2019

The ASAB conference is over but you can watch some plenary talks on the conference website

Follow us on Twitter where you can see what was happening in Konstanz from the 26th to the 28th of August. more
Are fish aware of themselves?
The cleaner wrasse responds to a mirror reflection as self—but does this mean that fish are self-aware? more
Two Konstanz researchers among the most influential scientist's in the world
Professors Urs Fischbacher, Economics, and Iain Couzin, Biology, are named in the global Highly Cited Researchers List for 2018. more

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