Animal Behaviour
 
 
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Welcome to the Department of Animal Behaviour

The Department of Animal Behaviour at Bielefeld University was the first of its kind within any German University when it was founded on the 1st of November 1973. Under the leadership of Klaus Immelmann, the department quickly became a leading centre of behavioural research, both nationally as well as internationally. Initial research questions focussed on classical ethological and neuroethological questions such as sexual imprinting and animal navigation.

When Fritz Trillmich became the new head of department in 1990, the emerging field of behavioural ecology became the main research topic. After almost 25 years under his leadership, Oliver Krüger took over as head of department on 1st of August 2013. Behavioural ecology will remain the central research topic of the department.

With a team of over 50 people, the different research groups study animal behaviour within the framework of the four questions of Tinbergen, both in the lab and in the field. Current model systems include laboratory studies on zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) and cavies (Cavia aperea), as well as long-term field studies on birds of prey such as common buzzard (Buteo buteo) and goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), and seal species such as Galapagos sea lions (Zalophus wollebaeki) and Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella).

Combining individual life histories with experiments, comparative approaches and population-level data, our research evaluates the fitness value of behaviour but also tries to understand the mechanisms by which behavioural variation evolves.
 

On current events in Germany

The Department of Animal Behaviour is very proud to host scientists from more than a dozen different countries. We strongly value the exchange of different perspectives arising from such a diversity. We are convinced that these different perspectives enormously enrich the personal and scientific lives of everyone.

 

 

News

17. Klaus-Immelmann-Lecture
by Prof. Iain Couzin, Director Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell | Germany.
Title: Collective sensing and decision - making in animal groups
November, 28th, 18.15h in lecture hall H5

Collaborative research centre (SFB) up and running
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Contact

Department of Animal Behaviour

Bielefeld University
Morgenbreede 45
33615 Bielefeld
Phone: + 49 521 106 2837
Fax: +49 521 106 2998
email: vhf@uni-bielefeld.de

Chair:
Prof. Dr. Oliver Krüger

Emeritus chair:
Prof. Dr. Fritz Trillmich