Collective Behaviour - Summer Seminar Series 2024

Critical Mass Migration? Global scale collective patterns in avian movements

Dr. Katherine Snell, CASCB


Migratory behaviours are performed en mass by an extraordinary number of individuals and synchronised within seasonally concentrated periods. My research, founded on wild, free-flying birds, with access to all environmental, genetically-inherited and collective cues, is fundamental to understanding flyway scale group dynamics. The interactions of migration strategy drive fundamental ecological processes including distribution, differential of phenotypes and ultimately speciation or extinction. I will discuss my work on understanding the links between animal movement and higher-level processes of survival, population connectivity and ontogeny. I will also introduce how the framework of animal-animal interactions can be leverage to investigate to understand populations level processes across a global scale.

Katherine Snell's research focus lies on physiological adaptations and diversification underlying speciation and distribution of species, tracking and bio-logging of highly mobile species, and ecological modelling. Furthermore, Katherine studies migration and foraging movements (birds and marine mammals) as indicators of the effects of anthropogenic and seasonal environmental change in the marine and terrestrial ecosystems. She did her PhD on the physiology of avian migratory processes at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Before moving to the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow, she was a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Aahus University in Kalø, Denmark. Since 2023, she is a Postdoc Grant Fellow at CASCB.

Datum: 2024-05-06