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Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

Damien Farine

Research interests

Social behaviour, collective behaviour, animal societies, social evolution, birds, mammals, coloniality


Education and professional positions

2020 - present Eccellenza Professor, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2020 - present Affiliated Scientist, Department of Collective Behaviour, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behaviour, Germany
2019 - present Principal Investigator, Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour, University of Konstanz, Germany
2015 - 2020 Principal Investigator, Department of Collective Behaviour, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behaviour, Germany
2014 - 2015 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute & Department of Anthropology, University of California Davis, USA
2013 - 2015 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK
2010 - 2013 Ph.D. student, Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK
2006 - 2007 M.Sc. in Wildlife Management, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
2000 - 2004 M.Sc. of Microelectronic Engineering and M.Sc. of Information Technology, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

Selected publications

  • Ferreira AC., Silva LR., Renna F., Brandl HB., Renoult JP., Farine DR., Covas R., Doutrelant C. (2020). Deep learning-based methods for individual recognition in small birds. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 11(9): 1072-1085. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.13436
  • Carter GG., Farine DR., Crisp RJ., Vrtilek JK., Ripperger SP., Page RA. (2020). Development of new food-sharing relationships in vampire bats. Current Biology 30(7): 1275-1279. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2020.01.055
  • Armansin NC., Stow AJ., Cantor M., Leu ST., Klarevas-Irby JA., Chariton AA., Farine DR. (2020). Social barriers in ecological landscapes: the social resistance hypothesis. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 35(2):137-148 DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2019.10.001
  • Papageorgiou D., Christensen C., Gall GEC., Klarevas-Irby J., Nyaguthii B., Couzin ID., Farine DR. (2019). The multilevel society of a small-brained bird. Current Biology 29(24): R1120-R1121. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.09.072
  • Strandburg-Peshkin A., Papageorgiou D., Crofoot MC., Farine DR. (2018). Inferring influence and leadership in moving animal groups. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 373: 20170006. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2017.0006
  • Lang SDJ., Farine DR. (2017). A multidimensional framework for studying social predation strategies. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1: 1230-1239. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0245-0
  • Farine DR., Montiglio PO., Spiegel O. (2015). From individuals to groups and back: the evolutionary implications of group phenotypic composition. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 30(10): 609-621. DOI: 10.1111/mec.12594
  • Farine DR., Spencer KA., Boogert NJ. (2015). Early-Life Stress Triggers Juvenile Zebra Finches to Switch Social Learning Strategies. Current Biology 25(16): 2184-2188. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.06.071
  • Strandburg-Peshkin A., Farine DR., Couzin ID., Crofoot MC. (2015). Shared decision-making drives collective movement in wild baboons. Science 348(6241): 1358-1361. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa5099
  • Farine DR., Whitehead H. (2015). Constructing, conducting, and interpreting animal social network analysis. Journal of Animal Ecology 84(5): 1144-1163. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12418
  • Aplin LM., Farine DR., Morand-Ferron J., Cockburn A., Thornton A., Sheldon BC. (2015). Experimentally induced innovations lead to persistent culture via conformity in wild birds. Nature 518: 538-541. DOI: 10.1038/nature13998

Weiterführende Informationen

Damien Farine

Damien Farine

Eccellenza Professor

Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
University of Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zurich

Office: Y25-G-06
Phone: +41 44 635 6617