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Institut für Evolutionäre Anthropologie (IEA)

Danai Papageorgiou

Danai Papageorgiou, Dr.

Research Interests

I am a behavioural ecologist studying the social lives of animals. My work is often inspired by ideas and hypotheses developed by Evolutionary Anthropologists as they help me explore various aspects of animal behaviour and sociality including, among others, the drivers of individual social preferences, the processes that groups follow to reach consensus, the ways groups resolve conflicts and respond to inequality and the effects of environmental heterogeneity on social processes. I enjoy coding and analysing large behavioral datasets but I am also passionate about fieldwork in remote and full-of-animal-life destinations.



Dehnen T., Papageorgiou D., Nyaguthii B., Cherono W., Penndorf J., Boogert N.J., Farine D.R. (2021) Costs dictate strategic investment in dominance interactions. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

Mauricio C., Chimento M., Smeele S.Q., He P., Papageorgiou D., Aplin L.M., Farine D.R. (2021) Social network architecture and the tempo of cumulative cultural evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences.

Papageorgiou D., Rozen-Rechels D., Nyaguthii B., Farine D.R. (2021) Climatic conditions impact collective movements in a wild bird. Movement Ecology.


Papageorgiou D., Farine D.R. (2020) Multilevel societies in birds. Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

Papageorgiou D., Farine D.R. (2020) Group size and composition influence collective movement in a highly social terrestrial bird. eLife.

Papageorgiou D., Farine D.R. (2020) Shared decision-making allows subordinates to lead when dominants monopolize resources. Science Advances.

Cantor M., Maldonado-Chaparro A., Beck K., Carter G., He P., Hillemann F., Klarevas-Irby J., Lang S., Ogino M., Papageorgiou D., Prox L., Farine D.R. (2020) The importance of individual‐to‐society feedbacks in animal ecology and evolution. Journal of Animal Ecology.



Papageorgiou D., Christensen C., Gall G.E.C., Klarevas-Irby J.A., Nyaguthii B., Couzin I.D., Farine D.R. (2019) The multilevel society of a small-brained bird. Current Biology.



Strandburg-Peshkin A., Papageorgiou D., Crofoot M.C., Farine D.R. (2018) Inferring influence and leadership in moving animal groups. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.



Papageorgiou D., Barboutis C., Kassara C. & Giokas S. (2017) Habitat selection of woodchat shrikes Lanius senator during spring stopover is related to foraging strategy. Current Zoology.