Prof. Dr. Meg Crofoot

Director
IMPRS Board Member
IMPRS Faculty
Department for the Ecology of Animal Societies
Konstanz - Bücklestraße

Curriculum Vitae

Meg Crofoot is Director of the Department for the Ecology of Animal Societies at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and an Alexander von Humboldt Professor at the University of Konstanz. Before relocating to Germany, she was a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at University of California, Davis (2013-2019); and before that a lecturer in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary at Princeton University (2009-2011) and a research fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama (2008-2013).

A behavioral ecologist and evolutionary anthropologist, she is interested in the evolution of social complexity. Her research—which yokes field-based study with emerging remote sensing technology—has been recognized by the highest honors in the US and Europe, including the Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering (2016), the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship (2018), and the European Research Council Consolidator Grant (2022).

Extra information

I am a behavioral ecologist and evolutionary anthropologist interested in the evolution of social complexity. In my research, I combine observational methods and field-based experiments with emerging remote sensing technology, to reveal how group-living animals overcome conflicts of interest to achieve shared goals. I am particularly interested in how group-level traits emerge and the ways in which they shape the collective ecology of animals’ societies. 


Collective movement Decision-making • Intergroup competition • Animal culture • Tool use • Social Foraging
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