Current CV here
Alex studies the evolution of social and collective behaviour in animals – the ways single individuals come together to form much larger groups, and the behavioural, cognitive, and neuroanatomical mechanisms that need to evolve to facilitate group living. The Jordanlab’s research program encompasses field studies at Lake Tanganyika, Jamaican coral reefs, and Panamanian rainforests, as well as lab-based neurobiological and molecular approaches to understand both the mechanisms and the outcomes of social interactions. Alex is a Principal Investigator (Group Leader) at the Max Planck Institute Department of Collective Behaviour, sits on the editorial board of The American Naturalist, and Movement Ecology, and maintains a position as Senior Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. Alex is also active at the interface of science, art, and community engagement (see below). Previously, Alex was the Integrative Biology Fellow, working in collaboration with Mike Ryan and Hans Hofmann at UT Austin, and before that a JSPS fellow in Osaka working with Masanori Kohda. Alex completed his PhD with Rob Brooks at the University of Sydney, and did his undergraduate honours thesis with Madeleine Beekman and Ben Oldroyd at the University of Sydney.


I like to talk about science and fieldwork, and have had the chance to do so in a variety of media, including on National Geographic channel, where I explored the neurological basis of human decisions as part of the Emmy-award nominated show Brain Games,
as well as through public talks and engagement with artists like SUPERFLEX and Tomas Saraceno.

In addition to writing for academic journals (see my research website at, I also enjoy writing opinion pieces and aquarium hobbyist columns at places like The Conversation and Practical Fishkeeping.

A long time ago as a student, I got up on stage and explained in less than three minutes why Tiger Woods will die young.


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