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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Bat Island

Bat Island

November 21, 2023

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

No evidence for widespread transmission of viruses by African bats

Contrary to what is often reported, only one species is known to have transmitted pathogens to humans. more

Andrea Kölzsch and Anne Scharf win Heinz Billing Prize

Pair share award for developing a platform that harnesses animal tracking’s Big Data more

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In the Media

pink flowers


November 15, 2023

Die Kunst der Tiere more

Martin Wikelski


November 14, 2023

Wissen Tiere mehr als wir? more

IEEE Spectrum

Energy Harvesting for Wearable Technology Steps Up more

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