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Iain D. Couzin
Collective Behavior in Animal and Human Groups
Iain D. Couzin

Iain Couzin is Director of the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and Co-Director of the German Science Foundation Cluster of Excellence, “Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour” in Konstanz, Germany. Previously he was an Assistant- and then Full-Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, and prior to that a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, and a Junior Research Fellow in the Sciences at Balliol College, Oxford. His work aims to reveal the fundamental principles that underlie evolved collective behavior, and consequently his research includes the study of a wide range of biological systems, from neural collectives to insect swarms, fish schools, primate and human groups. In recognition of his research, he has been recipient of the Searle Scholar Award in 2008, top 5 most cited papers of the decade in animal behavior research 1999-2010, the Mohammed Dahleh Award in 2009, Popular Science’s "Brilliant 10” Award in 2010, National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award in 2012, the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society of London in 2013, listed as a Web of Science Global Highly Cited Researcher since 2018, and the Lagrange Prize in 2019.

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