Courses, Defenses & Events

IMPRS Retreat 2024

IMPRS Retreat
  • Start: Jun 4, 2024
  • End: Jun 6, 2024
  • Location: Jugendherberge Feldkirch
  • Host: IMPRS-QBEE
IMPRS doctoral students should participate twice in a 3-4 days retreat during their doctorate and they should support the organisation of at least one. Among providing workshops and courses on relevant topics to doctoral students, the retreat includes social networking activities such as hiking ... [more]

EAT, PREY, LOVE: The Role of Food & Mates in Shaping Lion Societies

Institute Seminar by Stotra Chakrabarti
  • Date: Jun 4, 2024
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Stotra Chakrabarti
  • Dr. Stotra Chakrabarti is an Assistant Professor of Animal Behaviour at Macalester College, Minnesota, USA. He has a MS in Wildlife Sciences and a PhD in Animal Behaviour from the Wildlife Institute of India, and he did his Postdoctoral Research from the University of Minnesota. He is a behavioural ecologist & conservation biologist, who’s expertise is in studying the links between fundamental animal ecology and applied conservation, with large mammals (especially carnivores) as study species. Stotra’s curiosity in the natural world began with a childhood spent watching leopards and elephants in the vicinity of where he grew up: the foothills of Himalayas in India. Subsequently, a very immersive and rigorous graduate program at the Wildlife Institute of India cemented his interest in animal behaviour and conservation biology.
  • Location: Bückle St. 5a, 78467 Konstanz
  • Room: Seminar room MPI-AB Bücklestrasse + Online
  • Host: Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior
  • Contact:
Lions are iconic top predators that feature intensely in research and conservation projects. However, majority of such research has focused on lions in prey-rich savanna habitats. The typical model lion thus belongs to only a few charismatic populations, thereby confining our understanding of the ... [more]

Natural Herstory

Opening | Vernissage
  • Date: Jun 4, 2024
  • Time: 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Location: University of Konstanz
  • Room: in front of the Bibcafé
  • Host: Daniela Rößler & Nadja Geiger
Natural Herstory is a mixed media exhibition by Daniela Rößler & Nadja Geiger running from June 4 to 17 in front of the BibCafé at the University of Konstanz. The exhibition opens with an event on June 4th at 5pm, including a short talk by Prof. Dr. Barrett Klein. [more]

Wolf personalities, ecosystem impacts, and the possibility of wolf cultures

Guest talk by Jospeh Bump
  • Date: Jun 5, 2024
  • Time: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Joseph Bump
  • Bump holds the Gordon W. Gullion Endowed Chair and is Director of Graduate Studies for the Conservation Science Program at the University of Minnesota. Bump’s focus is on the functional role animals species play—alive and dead—in ecosystems and how that applies to biodiversity conservation. He currently leads research projects in Voyageurs, Isle Royale, and Yellowstone National Parks, across Minnesota, and in Switzerland, Kenya, and India. His broader impact efforts include a ‘field-to-phone’ social media campaign, a statewide participatory science program, and scientific art exhibits. Bump’s curiosity in the natural world began with a childhood spent mucking around the Hudson River and Tivoli Bays in New York. He earned most of his college tuition by catching salmon as a commercial fisherman on the northside of Kodiak Island, Alaska, which was a formative experience in the natural world. Undergraduate field courses at the University of Michigan’s Biological Station confirmed Bump’s interest in animal ecology and he finished a biology degree in just a little over four years. Jobless at the turn of the century, Bump followed a woman west to Wyoming and through much luck, support, and steady effort he bounced between the Great Lakes and the Rockies, earning degrees and positions until now.
  • Location: Bückle St. 5a, 78467 Konstanz
  • Host: Natalia Borrego
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Animal personalities can modulate ecosystems, but the impact of individual predator personalities is largely unexamined. To assess how predator personalities can alter ecosystems, we examined wolf predation of beaver, which are a consummate wetland engineer. We compared wolf kill rates (beavers ... [more]

Dispatches from the Field

A free, art-science event at KULA
  • Date: Jun 7, 2024
  • Time: 02:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: artist residency Fellows
  • Akademie Schloss Solitude
  • Location: Kula Kulturladen Konstanz
  • Host: Department for the Ecology of Animal Societies
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Moving from the laboratory into the field, and landing back on the dance floor of club KULA in Konstanz, the event "Dispatches from the Field" delivers experiments in behavioral biology and the arts from the transdisciplinary residency program "Field Trip". [more]

The interactions between alien species and native communities under environmental heterogeneity

Doctoral defense by Guanwen Wei
  • Date: Jun 10, 2024
  • Time: 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Guanwen Wei
  • Location: University of Konstanz
  • Room: M627
Together with the waves of globalization, more and more species have been introduced, either intentionally or unintentionally, across geographical barriers into novel regions as alien species. How introduced alien plants interact with the species they encounter in these novel regions remains one of ... [more]

Institute Seminar by Tiago Monteiro

Institute Seminar by Tiago Monteiro
  • Date: Jun 11, 2024
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Tiago Monteiro
  • Host: Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior

Doctoral defense by Salamatu Abdu

Supervised by Damien Farine
  • Date: Jun 12, 2024
  • Time: 03:30 PM - 06:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Salamatu Abdu
  • Location: University of Konstanz
  • Room: K503

Understanding the evolution of social relationships: Lessons from comparative research

Institute Seminar by Delphine de Moor
  • Date: Jun 18, 2024
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Delphine de Moor
  • My research investigates the selective pressures and evolutionary fitness outcomes of social relationships. I combine broad-scale, comparative analyses of social structure across species with longitudinal analyses of social relationships within species, with a particular focus on macaques. I have a BSc and MSc in Biology from the University of Ghent, a PhD degree in Behavioural Ecology from the University of Göttingen and the German Primate Center, and am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour at the University of Exeter.
  • Location: Bückle St. 5a, 78467 Konstanz
  • Room: Seminar room MPI-AB Bücklestrasse + Online
  • Host: Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior
  • Contact:
Dimensions of the social environment consistently emerge as some of the strongest predictors of fitness across a broad range of social mammals. This includes taxa spanning hundreds of millions of years of independent evolution and encompassing a highly diverse set of social relationship types. How ... [more]

Institute Seminar by Eliezer Gurarie

Institute Seminar by Eliezer Gurarie
  • Date: Jun 25, 2024
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Eliezer Gurarie
  • Location: MPI-AB Möggingen
  • Room: Seminar room MPI-AB Möggingen + Online
  • Host: Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior
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