Dr. Stephen Lang

Postdoctoral Researcher
Department Couzin
IMPRS Alumni
MPI of Animal Behavior
University of Konstanz

Main Focus

Predators and their collective prey

I’m interested in understanding the foraging dynamics of predators, and exploring how predation as a selective force drives collective prey behaviour.

My PhD project focuses on three key questions: (i) how do predator attacks impact the behaviour of collective prey species; (ii) how do predators alter their hunting tactics in response to predation-induced changes in prey behaviour; and (iii) how does predator-prey behavioural feedback change the predictions of foraging models?

Using microchip tags, I aim to monitor the social dynamics and spatial movements of songbird flocks. In combination with high-resolution tracking data from GPS tags on apex avian predators, I will digitally reconstruct predation events, and simultaneously track behavioural changes in both predator and prey.

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2015 - Present: PhD student in the Collective Behaviour Lab, Max Planck Institute of Ornithology, University of Konstanz
  • 2013 - 2015 Research Assistant, Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford
  • 2011 - 2012: MSc Conservation & Biodiversity, Centre for Ecology & Conservation, University of Exeter
  • 2008 - 2011: BSc Zoology, Centre for Ecology & Conservation, University of Exeter
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