Department of Migration


Myriads of organisms travel great distances on their search for suitable food, wintering and mating grounds. Our planet resembles one large pulsating organism, in which all of the organisms that are continually moving are breathing life into it. Understanding this pulsating life and its underlying mechanisms allows a better understanding of the ecologically dynamic processes on a global scale.

We strive to understand and predict which decisions animals will make on their journey, how animals will interact with their ever-changing environment, and the consequences their migrations have on ecosystems and humans. Above all, this insight will enable us to predict the impact that we humans have on these processes and allow us to understand the future consequences.

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Goat standing on grassy hill with herd

A 45-minute documentary showcasing work by the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior celebrates its TV premiere on ARD more

white stork flying against trees

Adolescent exploration helps storks to learn straighter and shorter migration routes more

Bat Island

Bat Island

November 21, 2023

New book charts a rare journey into the hidden world of tropical bats more

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In the Media

BR Podcast

Das geheime Wissen der Tiere - Mit Hightech aufgedeckt more

Book cover of the Internet of Animals

ICARUS oder: "The Internet of Animals" more

Martn Wikelski on Set

Martin Wikelski erforscht weltweit Tierbewegungen für die Vorhersage von Katastrophen more

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