I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Collective Behavior at the Max Planck Institute for Animal Behavior in Konstanz, Germany.  As a theoretical biologist with a background in physics and engineering, I use simulations and quantitative methods to investigate how animal groups process information, adapt to their environment, and function as a group – for example during exploration, responding to environmental perturbations, and foraging. My current projects are with honey bees, termites, fish, and rats.

This site has information on my current research, publications, and available datasets.

Current Research projects



  • Trail formation and interactions of soldier and worker termites. With Helder Hugo, Iain Couzin, and Felix Oberhauser

Other than research, I’m involved with the MPI-PostdocNet working group on Equity and Diversity (see our seminar series), and was a co-organizer for TEDxKonstanz.

Outside of work, you’ll find me hiking, mountain biking, or climbing, or playing drums or guitar with our band Zed13.

You can reach me at jdavidson (at) ab.mpg.de