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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Cover of Internet of Animals book

The first narrative nonfiction book about the pioneering animal tracking project ICARUS, written by its founder Martin Wikelski, is published by Greystone Books more

four storks flying in the sky

All storks choose to migrate with conspecifics, but young storks rely more on social influences than adults do more

Goat standing on grassy hill with herd

45-minute documentary celebrates its TV premiere on ARD more

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In the Media

Goat in front of volvanic eruption

Das Geheime Wissen der Tiere more

Snakes draped around wooden statue

Serpenti sentinelle del terremoto more


Tiere als Frühwarnsystem: Wie Huhn und Kuh Katastrophen erspüren more

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