Communication and Collective Movement Group

We are a research group led by Ariana Strandburg-Peshkin, jointly affiliated with the Ecology of Animal Societies Department at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and the Biology Department at the University of Konstanz.


We are broadly interested in collective behavior in biological and social systems, focusing primarily on how social groups make collective decisions. We are particularly interested in the role that both communication and social structure play in shaping these dynamics.


We use high-resolution tracking of wild animal groups and mathematical modeling to understand what drives individual behavior, interactions within groups, and ultimately the patterns of collective behavior we see in nature and society.

Our research is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative - we work in close collaboration with several research groups and long-term research studies around the world.

To learn more about who we are and what we do, please visit our Members and Research pages.

If you are interested in joining us, please check out our current open positions and fellowship opportunities here.