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Remote Controlled Penguin Observatories

Spying on Emperor Penguins to understand their collective behavior.

Soundscapes of Remote Oceans

Understanding Marine Mammal Distribution using Passive Acoustic Monitoring

Whale Detection Technologies

Automatic detection of large whales to prevent ship-strike and exposure to underwater noise

Who stays warm?

Huddling Dynamics of Emperor Penguins

About the group

We use mainly (meso-scale) remote sensing methods like photography and passive acoustic monitoring to study biological motion, (behavior and ecology) of animal groups. We focus on two main systems, penguins and whales, usually somewhere on the southern hemisphere.  We try to find general rules which govern motion of animals, groups of animals, or even populations. The resulting position/trajectory data is analysed using statistical physics methods and self-propelled particle modelling is used to understand the underlying rules. The topic of our work is reflected in the groups composition where we have physicists, biologists and computer scientists.