Prof. Dr. Meg CrofootDirector
Born in 1980 in Belfast, Maine, USA. Studied Human Biology at Stanford University (1997-2001). Masters (2003) and PhD (2008) in Anthropology from Harvard University. Postdoc at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (2008-2013). Lecturer in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at Princeton University (2009-2011). Assistant Professor (2013-2017) and Associate Professor (2017-2019) at University of California, Davis. Crofoot became Director at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and Full Professor at the University of Konstanz in 2019.
In recognition of her scientific accomplishments, Meg Crofoot has been honored with a number of awards including the Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering (2016) and the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship (2018).
I am a behavioral ecologist and evolutionary anthropologist interested in the evolution of social complexity. In my research, I combine observational methods and field-based experiments with emerging remote sensing technology, to reveal how group-living animals overcome conflicts of interest to achieve shared goals. I am particularly interested in how group-level traits emerge and the ways in which they shape the collective ecology of animals’ societies.
Collective movement • Decision-making • Intergroup competition • Animal culture • Tool use • Social Foraging