Dr. Stephen Lang

IMPRS Alumni
Department of Collective Behavior

Main Focus

Predators and their collective prey

I’m interested in understanding the foraging dynamics of predators, and exploring how predation as a selective force drives collective prey behaviour.

My PhD project focuses on three key questions: (i) how do predator attacks impact the behaviour of collective prey species; (ii) how do predators alter their hunting tactics in response to predation-induced changes in prey behaviour; and (iii) how does predator-prey behavioural feedback change the predictions of foraging models?

Using microchip tags, I aim to monitor the social dynamics and spatial movements of songbird flocks. In combination with high-resolution tracking data from GPS tags on apex avian predators, I will digitally reconstruct predation events, and simultaneously track behavioural changes in both predator and prey.

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2015 - Present: PhD student in the Collective Behaviour Lab, Max Planck Institute of Ornithology, University of Konstanz
  • 2013 - 2015 Research Assistant, Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford
  • 2011 - 2012: MSc Conservation & Biodiversity, Centre for Ecology & Conservation, University of Exeter
  • 2008 - 2011: BSc Zoology, Centre for Ecology & Conservation, University of Exeter
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