We aim to understand how individuals navigate their social landscape and how, in turn, social life impacts the interactions between individuals’ phenotype and their ecological environment. We combine advanced analytical and data collection techniques that allow us to scale up from the interactions among individuals to emergent population-level patterns and processes. We apply this approach to long-term studies in both captive and wild empirical systems allowing us to link fine-scale moment-by-moment decisions of individuals to long-term consequences.

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About Me

I am an Eccellenza Professor at the University of Zurich, an Affiliated Scientist at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and a Principal Investigator at the Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour.

I was previously a Principal Investigator at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and a Lecturer at the University of Konstanz. Prior to this, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford and the University of California Davis. I studied my PhD at the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology at the University of Oxford.

In 2018, I was awarded the Christopher Barnhard award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Investigator by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour. In 2019, I was awarded an ERC Starting Grant on The Ecology of Collective Behaviour, and included in the ISI Highly Cited Researchers list.


You can find my CV here.

contact me: dfarine [at] ab.mpg.de

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