Danai Papageorgiou

IMPRS doctoral candidate
Department of Collective Behavior
Konstanz - Bücklestraße

Main Focus

Danai earned her undergraduate Biology degree and her MSc from the University of Patras where she worked in the fields of urban avian diversity, bird migration and stopover ecology. In the meanwhile, she assisted as an intern in Germany, Denmark and Greece on several different projects including decision making in nectar feeding bats, passerine migration and breeding ecology, wildlife monitoring and conservation. During her PhD, she focuses on her main interest which is social structure and collective behaviour in animals. In particular she studies leadership and collective decision-making in captive helmeted and wild vulturine guineafowls, which form remarkably cohesive groups. Interflock interactions, dominance and collective movement attract Danai’s attention. She is also fascinated by field work and non-invasive experiments combined with the application of novel technology to track and analyse animal behaviour.

Curriculum Vitae


  • 10/2016-present: PhD in the Department of Collective Behaviour, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology / University of Konstanz
  • 09/2014–4/2016 Master of Science in Applied Ecology- Conservation of Ecosystems and Biological Resources, University of Patras, Department of Biology (Greece)
  • 09/2010–09/2014 Ptychion in Biology (4-year undergraduate degree) University of Patras, Department of Biology

Training and volunteering

  • 1-4/2016 Internship in the Centre of Animal Marking, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Department of Migration and Immuno-Ecology
  • 6-7/2015 Guest fieldwork assistant in the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, University of Copenhagen
  • 2015 Auxiliary work as master student at the University of Patras
  • 6-9/2014 Internship in Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Laboratory of Cognitive Neurobiology
  • 8/2013 assistance in the European Program “Andros LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity”
  • 6-7/2010 Voluntary Work at the NGO “Arcturos”
  • 7/2006 Voluntary Work at the Hellenic Wildlife Hospital, Aegina, Greece.

Courses and workshops

  • 6/2016 Workshop in “Collective Motion: Math, biology, physics and engineering come together”, Uppsala, Sweden
  • 11/2015 International Graduate Course in the Ecology of Animal Migration, Lund University, Centre for Animal Movement Research, Sweden
  • 3/2015 Planning workshop for the Life project “ELClimA: Conservation measures to assist the adaptation of Falco eleonorae to climate change”, Athens, Greece
  • 3/2015 Second workshop of Bioflora network:Research and perspectives in the sector of aromatic and pharmaceutical plants, University of Patras, Greece
  • 11/2013 Educational Seminar: “Training in field techniques, methods of systemic observation, first aid and rehabilitation of wildlife avifauna”, organized by the Higher Technological Institute of Ionian Islands, Zakynthos, Greece


  • 10/2016-10/2019 DAAD scholarship for PhD studies in Germannysupplelemented by International Max Planck Research School for Organismal Biology
  • 1-4/2016 Scholarship '' Erasmus+ for traineeships'' for a three month internship  in Germany as a master student
  • 9/2014-4/2016 Scholarship '' Andreas Mentzelopoulos'' for postgraduate (Master) studies in the University of Patras
  • 6/9/2014 Scholarship ''Erasmus Placement'' for a three month internship in Germany as an undergraduate Biology student

Presentations in Conferences

  • 10/2015 ''Stopover ecology and time allocation of the Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator) on Antikythira, Greece''. 13th International Congress on the Zoogeography and Ecology of Greece and Adjacent Regions, Irakleio, Greece
  • 11/2014 ''Urban green spaces: Shelters for avifauna''.  7th Hellenic Conference of Ecology
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