Dr. Andrea Flack

Group Leader
Department of Migration
Research Group Flack
+49 7531 94505 23
Konstanz - Bücklestraße

Main Focus

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!


Curriculum Vitae

  • 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
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