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PhD Projects 2019

This is the list of our 2019 PhD projects. All projects are fully funded for at least 3 years. Application deadline is Jan 15!

Keywords Organismal Biology, behaviour, ecology, evolution, physiology, neurobiologyAdvisor IMPRS faculty member, to be contacted with an own research proposal

Open PhD positions for own proposal elaboration within Organismal Biology

Keywords Organismal Biology, behaviour, ecology, evolution, physiology, neurobiology
Advisor IMPRS faculty member, to be contacted with an own research proposal
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Keywords olfactory coding, honeybees, calcium imaging, large data analysis, animal behaviour
Main advisor Giovanni Galizia, University of Konstanz

Collective sensory experience drives olfactory coding

Keywords olfactory coding, honeybees, calcium imaging, large data analysis, animal behaviour

Main advisor Giovanni Galizia, University of Konstanz [more]
Keywords olfactory coding, honeybees, calcium imaging, large data analysis, animal behaviour
Main advisor Giovanni Galizia, University of Konstanz

About the molecular fundations of olfaction: Is coding combinatorial or multidimensional?

Keywords olfactory coding, honeybees, calcium imaging, large data analysis, animal behaviour

Main advisor Giovanni Galizia, University of Konstanz

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Keywords Sexual development, chicken brain, transgenic, social behaviour, telemetric
Main advisor Manfred Gahr, MPIO

The role of testosterone for socio-sexual behaviours of domestic chicken

Keywords Sexual development, chicken brain, transgenic, social behaviour, telemetric

Main advisor Manfred Gahr, MPIO [more]
Keywords delimiting species, coalescence analyses, incomplete lineage sorting, hybridization, gene trees, species trees
Main advisor Axel Meyer, University of Konstanz

What, if anything, is a species in cichlid fish? Species Delimitation in East African Cichlid Fish Adaptive Radiations

Keywords delimiting species, coalescence analyses, incomplete lineage sorting, hybridization, gene trees, species trees

Main advisor Axel Meyer, University of Konstanz

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Keywords Corticosterone, mitochondrial metabolism, telomeres, oxidative stress, longevity, reproductive investment, pace of life, gene expression, individual differences, field work, birds, evolution
Main advisors Michaela Hau and Stefania Casagrande, MPI for Ornithology, Seewiesen

A bioenergetics perspective of glucocorticoid-mediated performance

Keywords Corticosterone, mitochondrial metabolism, telomeres, oxidative stress, longevity, reproductive investment, pace of life, gene expression, individual differences, field work, birds, evolution

Main advisors Michaela Hau and Stefania Casagrande, MPI for Ornithology, Seewiesen

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Keywords social complexity, cultural evolution, vocal learning, social systems, parrots, birds
Advisors  Mary Brooke McElreath1,2 mary_mcelreath@eva.mpg.de and Lucy Aplin1 laplin@orn.mpg.de
 1Max Planck Institute for Ornithology & 2Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Social Complexity and Communication Systems in Birds

Keywords social complexity, cultural evolution, vocal learning, social systems, parrots, birds

Advisors  Mary Brooke McElreath1,2 mary_mcelreath@eva.mpg.de and Lucy Aplin1 laplin@orn.mpg.de

 1Max Planck Institute for Ornithology & 2Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

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Keywords coral reef fish, social behaviour, ecological engineering, physical structure, SCUBA, machine-learning, animal tracking, social network analysis


Main supervisor Alex Jordan, MPI for Ornithology

The interaction between social behaviour and physical structures in coral reef fishes

Keywords coral reef fish, social behaviour, ecological engineering, physical structure, SCUBA, machine-learning, animal tracking, social network analysis

Main supervisor Alex Jordan, MPI for Ornithology

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Keywords cichlid fishes, social behaviour, socio-cognitive skills, SCUBA, machine-learning, animal tracking, social network analysis, Lake Tanganyika
Main supervisor Alex Jordan, MPI for Ornithology

Quantitative comparison of behavioural evolution in social fishes

Keywords cichlid fishes, social behaviour, socio-cognitive skills, SCUBA, machine-learning, animal tracking, social network analysis, Lake Tanganyika

Main supervisor Alex Jordan, MPI for Ornithology

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Keywords. Collective behaviour, vocal communication, movement coordination, GPS, computational analysis, group coordination 
Supervisors. Prof. Meg Crofoot and Dr. Ariana Strandburg-Peshkin, University of Konstanz

Communication and collective movement in coati groups

Keywords. Collective behaviour, vocal communication, movement coordination, GPS, computational analysis, group coordination

Supervisors. Prof. Meg Crofoot and Dr. Ariana Strandburg-Peshkin, University of Konstanz

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Keywords: migration, animal tracking, GPS, foraging, energetic expenditure, sensory networks
Advisors: Teague O'Mara, Dina Dechmann and Martin Wikelski, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell

Collective sensing of the resource landscape in migratory fruit bats

Keywords: migration, animal tracking, GPS, foraging, energetic expenditure, sensory networks

Advisors: Teague O'Mara, Dina Dechmann and Martin Wikelski, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell

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Keywords white storks, collective migration, animal tracking, group coordination, flight energetics
Main supervisor Andrea Flack, MPI for Ornithology

Collective migration in a long-distance social migrant

Keywords white storks, collective migration, animal tracking, group coordination, flight energetics

Main supervisor Andrea Flack, MPI for Ornithology

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Keywords self-organization, swarm, school, behavior, information, automated tracking, machine learning, virtual reality, inverse methodologies.
Main adviser Iain Couzin, MPI for Ornithology + University of Konstanz

Computational Approaches to the Experimental Study of Animal Collectives

Keywords self-organization, swarm, school, behavior, information, automated tracking, machine learning, virtual reality, inverse methodologies.

Main adviser Iain Couzin, MPI for Ornithology + University of Konstanz

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Keywords self-organization, swarm, schooling, behavior, information, fish, locusts, birds, tracking, computer vision, virtual reality, self-organization, decision-making, individual differences, evolution
Main adviser Iain Couzin, MPI for Ornithology + University of Konstanz

Collective Animal Behaviour

Keywords self-organization, swarm, schooling, behavior, information, fish, locusts, birds, tracking, computer vision, virtual reality, self-organization, decision-making, individual differences, evolution

Main adviser Iain Couzin, MPI for Ornithology + University of Konstanz

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Keywords: Locust swarm, virtual reality, collective behaviour, sensory coding, active sensing, olfaction, decision makingMain advisors: Giovanni Galizia, University of KonstanzEinat Couzin-Fuchs, University of KonstanzIain Couzin, University of Konstanz + MPI for Ornithology

3 positions - the neurobiological and behavioural basis of swarming in locusts

Keywords: Locust swarm, virtual reality, collective behaviour, sensory coding, active sensing, olfaction, decision making
Main advisors:
Giovanni Galizia, University of Konstanz
Einat Couzin-Fuchs, University of Konstanz
Iain Couzin, University of Konstanz + MPI for Ornithology [more]
Keywords: animal social networks, collective behaviour, group-living, indirect effects, social evolution, social resilience, stress physiologyMain advisors: Damien Farine (University of Konstanz and MPI) and Neeltje Boogert (University of Exeter)

Social contagion of stress responses and consequences for collective action in birds

Keywords: animal social networks, collective behaviour, group-living, indirect effects, social evolution, social resilience, stress physiology
Main advisors: Damien Farine (University of Konstanz and MPI) and Neeltje Boogert (University of Exeter) [more]
Keywords: collective behaviour, social learning, animal culture, birds, cognitive ecologyMain advisor: Lucy Aplin, MPI for Ornithology

Social learning and cultural inheritance in birds, Parus major

Keywords: collective behaviour, social learning, animal culture, birds, cognitive ecology
Main advisor: Lucy Aplin, MPI for Ornithology

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Interested in one of these PhD projects? Apply here!

The Max Planck Society and the University of Konstanz are equal opportunity employers and are committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in their workforce and therefore we encourage applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, we seek to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

 
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