Events in Seewiesen and Radolfzell

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Grand Challenges on SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION Symposium

from 2015-09-24 12:30 to 2015-09-25 17:00

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Grand Challenges on SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION Symposium

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Teaching Week

from 2015-09-26 09:00 to 2015-10-02 17:00

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from 2015-09-26 09:00 to 2015-10-02 17:00

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Teaching Week

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International Bioacoustics Congress

Organized by scientists of the MPIO - Registration opened

International Bioacoustics Congress 2015 in Murnau

Organized by scientists of the MPIO - Registration opened

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Citizen Science Project on plumage colour polymorphysm of Comon Buzzards

Scientists, including the new MPIO director Iain Couzin, monitored all the individuals within a baboon troop continuously over the course of their daily activities. Allthough a highly socially structured species, movement decisions emerged via a shared process. Thus, democracy may be an inherent trait of collective behavior.

Science: Baboons follow the pack, not the leader

Scientists, including the new MPIO director Iain Couzin, monitored all the individuals within a baboon troop continuously over the course of their daily activities. Allthough a highly socially structured species, movement decisions emerged via a shared process. Thus, democracy may be an inherent trait of collective behavior. [more]
Wikelski and co-authors conclude in their latest review in Science: The unique perspective offered by big-data animal tracking enables a new view of animals as naturally evolved sensors of environment, which we think has the potential to help us monitor the planet in completely new ways.

Science: Terrestrial animal tracking as an eye on life and planet

Wikelski and co-authors conclude in their latest review in Science: The unique perspective offered by big-data animal tracking enables a new view of animals as naturally evolved sensors of environment, which we think has the potential to help us monitor the planet in completely new ways. [more]
Most human activities are accompanied by noise, which has been shown to adversely affect many animal activities. For example, it is not yet clear how exactly anthropogenic noise affects foraging. Here we developed a diagnostic framework to identify the responsible mechanisms. We tested this framework using Daubenton&rsquo;s bats, which find prey by echolocation. We show that anthropogenic noise can decrease foraging efficiency of bats, although it does not reduce detectability of prey echoes. Thus, conservation policies may seriously underestimate the number of species affected by anthropogenic noise, if the mechanisms of disturbance are not considered. (Image: Dietmar Nill, <a>www.dietmar-nill.de</a><a href="#__target_object_not_reachable">)</a>

Anthropogenic noise affects foraging

Most human activities are accompanied by noise, which has been shown to adversely affect many animal activities. For example, it is not yet clear how exactly anthropogenic noise affects foraging. Here we developed a diagnostic framework to identify the responsible mechanisms. We tested this framework using Daubenton’s bats, which find prey by echolocation. We show that anthropogenic noise can decrease foraging efficiency of bats, although it does not reduce detectability of prey echoes. Thus, conservation policies may seriously underestimate the number of species affected by anthropogenic noise, if the mechanisms of disturbance are not considered. (Image: Dietmar Nill, www.dietmar-nill.de) [more]
In the journal Animal Behaviour&nbsp;Emmi Schlicht and Bart Kempenaers report about short-term effects of capture on bird behaviour: Blue tit parents that were caught and handled took on average 4.2 hrs to return to their 9-11 day old chicks. However, the researchers found no long-term effects on nestlings and breeding success.

Blue tit parents delay nest visits after handling

In the journal Animal Behaviour Emmi Schlicht and Bart Kempenaers report about short-term effects of capture on bird behaviour: Blue tit parents that were caught and handled took on average 4.2 hrs to return to their 9-11 day old chicks. However, the researchers found no long-term effects on nestlings and breeding success.
Congratulations to Bart Kempenaers, Niels Dingemanse, Wolfgang Forstmeier, Wolfgang Goymann &amp; Henrik Brumm (all Seewiesen) to be one out of 50 leading researchers in behavioural ecology in Germany. Further Holger Schielzeth, Petra Quillfeldt, Anne Peters &amp; Bj&ouml;rn Siemers are on the list, long-year researchers in Seewiesen or Radolfzell. The list was published in the journal "Laborjournal" in March (German only). The analysis is based on a publication analysis from 2009-2013.

Nine out of 50 most cited behavioural ecologists in Germany are (or were) at the institute

Congratulations to Bart Kempenaers, Niels Dingemanse, Wolfgang Forstmeier, Wolfgang Goymann & Henrik Brumm (all Seewiesen) to be one out of 50 leading researchers in behavioural ecology in Germany. Further Holger Schielzeth, Petra Quillfeldt, Anne Peters & Björn Siemers are on the list, long-year researchers in Seewiesen or Radolfzell. The list was published in the journal "Laborjournal" in March (German only). The analysis is based on a publication analysis from 2009-2013. [more]
Rather than migrate high above the ground at a steady altitude, these birds fly only as high as the undulating terrain requires. This flight path keeps them in relatively dense air and reduces energy expenditure.

Roller coaster flight over the Himalayas

Rather than migrate high above the ground at a steady altitude, these birds fly only as high as the undulating terrain requires. This flight path keeps them in relatively dense air and reduces energy expenditure. [more]
 
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