Born on February 11, 1974 in Scotland. Bachelor in biology at University of St Andrews (1995). 1999 PhD at the University of Bath. Postdoc at the University of Leeds, University of Oxford and Princeton University (2002-2007). Assistant Professor (2007) and Full Professor (2013) at Princeton University. Couzin became Director at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell and Full Professor at the University of Konstanz in 2014.
Prof. Couzin was awarded with several prestiougs awards for his scientific breaktroughs in the understanding of collective behavior. He was named as one of the brilliant 10 by the magazine Popular Science in 2010, was awarded with the Emerging Explorer award by the National Geographic Society (2012) and with the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society of London in 2013.