• Max Planck-Yale Center


The unprecedented challenges of global change can only be solved when we understand both the smallest details and the bigger picture. The Max Planck-Yale Center for Biodiversity Movement and Global Change is a collaboration between two renowned hubs for ecological science that unites the cutting edge animal tracking research of the Max Planck Institute for Animal Behavior and the outstanding global analysis expertise of the Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change.

That means our researchers are looking at how animals behave across various levels of biological organization, from tracking a single white stork as it lives and dies on Earth to watching seasonal migrations of entire species from satellites in outer space. And our research isn’t just about the present: by studying how animals move now, we can understand how they might behave in the future.

Combining the skills of top international researchers with funding from agencies as influential as NASA and National Geographic Society, we’re advancing the study of animal ecology on a global scale.

MPYC Participants


Walter Jetz, Director of the Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change

Martin Wikelski, Director of the Department Animal Migration at the Max Planck Institute for Animal Behaviour

Yale Steering Committee Members:

Os Schmitz, Director of the Yale Institute of Biospheric Studies

David Skelly, Director of the Yale Peabody Museum

Michael Donoghue, Sterling Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University