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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Andrea Kölzsch and Anne Scharf win Heinz Billing Prize

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

Stork flying

Carrying small sensors, they could be the most sensitive and informative weather instruments of all more

wild boar drinking and wearing ear tag

Accelerometers reading the behavior of wild boars can pick up when animals are infected with a fatal virus more

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satellite image of earth

Was Tierwanderungen über die Welt verraten more

International Space Station

Internet der Tiere: Forscher testen neue Generation von Icarus-Satelliten more


Max-Planck-Institut in Radolfzell testet Neustart für "Icarus"-Projekt more

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