Blair R. Costelloe Behavioral Ecologist


Blair in the field

I am a wildlife biologist interested in the natural history, behavioral ecology, and conservation of free-ranging animals. I earned my Ph.D. from Princeton University’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2014. There I studied the maternal and antipredator behavior of Thomson’s gazelle, a small East African antelope. For that project I spent many months working at the beautiful Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia, Kenya. I adore field biology and enjoy the challenges of designing and executing projects in unpredictable environments.

After completing my Ph.D., I spent a year teaching undergraduate courses and working as a research associate in Princeton’s EEB Department. In summer 2016 I started my current position in the Couzin lab in the Department of Collective Behavior at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behaviour where I am a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow. I am using drones and computer vision technologies to study collective predator detection and information transfer in ungulate groups (see the Herd Hover. project website).

Outside of research, my interests include cooking, scuba diving, swimming, photography, adventurous foods, and travel.