Dr. Andrea FlackGroup Leader
Research Group Flack
My work combines the
fields of collective animal behaviour and movement ecology. During my PhD at
the University of Oxford, I explored collective decision-making in homing
pigeons. At the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, I study the collective migration of a freely-flying long-distance
migrant. My research relies on the white stork (Ciconia
ciconia) as a model system for studying collective migration.
Within my work, I ask questions like: What determines the composition of migratory groups? How does group composition influence collective decision-making and movement? What are the costs and benefits of migrating in groups?To answer these questions, I use a combination of ecological in situ observations with experimental behavioural research. This includes, for example, high-resolution multisensor tracking, displacement, or release experiments to understand the short- and long-term effects of social interactions on migration.
Feel free to contact me, if you are interested in what we are doing!
- since 2020 Group Leader, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Konstanz, Germany
- 2013 - 2020 Postdoc, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Radolfzell, Germany
- 2009 - 2013 DPhil Zoology, University of Oxford, Collective decision-making in avian navigation
- 2009 Diploma in Biology, Freie Universität Berlin