• Fieldwork & Experiments

    Published by Max Planck Institute on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 17:50

    ICARUS will help solve two major enigmas in biology: we need to understand the ontogeny of behavioral and movement traits of animals in the wild, and the selection acting on individuals in the wild (i.e., where, why and when do individuals die). ICARUS will also provide a seeing-eye dog for humankind. We will use the evolved senses of animals for remote sensing.

    Examples are:

    • Disaster forecast via animals
    • Health and disease (Avian Influenza, Foot and Mouth Disease, Ebola)
    • Ecosystem services (pollination, pest control, seed dispersal)
    • Conservation (dispersal & conservation of endangered species)
    • Global change (habitat shifts, desertification, glacial melts)
    • Discovery of unknown migrations

    Fieldwork on Kolguev Island, 2013

    Tagged geese on Kolguev Island

    Black-neck cranes, altitudinal migration, Bhutan 2013

    White storc, Bata in Hungary, 2013

    Flying foxes, Kasanka 2013

    Tagged flying fox, Kasanka 2013

    Sicily goats on Mount Etna, fall 2012