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. His lab’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.
He is a Principal Investigator (Research Group Leader) at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, heading up the Integrative Behavioural Ecology Research Group, and sits on the editorial boards of The American Naturalist and Movement Ecology. He is also active at the interface of science, art, and community engagement, working with artists and academies like SUPERFLEX, TBA-21, and Tomas Saraceno. Previously, Alex was the Integrative Biology Fellow, working in collaboration with Mike Ryan, Dan Bolnick, and Hans Hofmann at UT Austin, and before that a JSPS fellow in Osaka working with Masanori Kohda. He 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.
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