Invited guests


How are electronic tags changing what we know about Pacific Ocean predators? What is the role of bio-logging in conservation? Hear these questions and more discussed by Keynotes at BLS6. 


Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University

Barbara Block is the Charles & Elizabeth Prothro Professor in Marine Sciences at Stanford University and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Block helped establish Stanford’s Tuna Research and Conservation Center where she employs biologging techniques to understand the movements and physiological ecology of tunas, sharks and billfishes. She is a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, A Rolex Award for Enterprise, and the Benchley Award for Ocean Science.


Meg Crofoot

Dept. of Anthropology, University of California, Davis

Meg Crofoot is an Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of California, Davis and a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Crofoot’s research focuses on the evolution of complex social systems, and specifically, understanding how collective (group) behaviors emerge from interactions among individuals. She uses remote tracking technology in conjunction with field-based experiments and observational methods to explore group movement and decision-making, coordinated territorial defense, and other collective behaviors in primate social groups. She is a recipient of the Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering and is on the board of directors of the ICARUS Initiative.

Urška Demšar

School of Geography & Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews

Urška Demšar is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Geoinformatics in the School of Geography & Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews. She is originally a mathematician with a PhD in Geoinformatics. Her research area is Spatio-Temporal Visual Analytics with specific focus on  movement analysis. She is combining analytical and visual techniques and is particularly interested in visual interpretation of results of spatial and spatio-temporal statistical methods and models. She collaborates with researchers in a number of application areas, including animal movement.


Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

Gerald Kooyman is a professor emeritus and research physiologist in the Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. His work examining marine vertebrate diving behaviour and population trends for penguins in Antarctica has brought significant attention to global climate change and has been recognised by a Special Creativity Award from the National Science Foundation and the Kenneth S. Norris Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Marine Mammalogy. Kooyman is also a scientific fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a surfer and a pilot.

Ortwin renn

International Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

Ortwin Renn is Scientific Director at the International Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany, where he studies the impacts of systemic risks on sustainable development. In addition to this, he is active in research into public participation; technology assessment and foresight; and public responses to technological change. A social psychologist by training, he has authored over 30 monographs, including Risk Governance. Coping with Uncertainty in a Complex World. Renn is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Swiss Institute of Technology and an Honorary Distinguished Professorship from the Technical University Munich. He is the recipient of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Distinguished Achievement Award of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA).


Katsufumi Sato

Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo

Katsufumi Sato is a professor in the Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute at the University of Tokyo. He studies comparative physiology, biomechanics and behavioral ecology of marine top predators including fish, reptiles, seabirds and marine mammals in habitats ranging from tropical regions to Antarctica. He has been engaged in the development of new bio-logging devices to investigate animal movement and monitor the pelagic environment. He was named a 2009 Emerging Explorer by the National Geographic Society.


Centre d'Etudes Biologiques de Chizé / CNRS

Henri Weimerskirch is Director of Research at CNRS in Chizé, France. He is head of a research group working on the ecology of seabirds and marine mammals. He has pioneered work on satellite tracking of seabirds, especially albatrosses in the late 1980s. He uses bio-logging techniques to address questions about the flight, foraging ecology and conservation of seabirds, in particular albatrosses and frigatebirds.

The 6th International Bio-Logging Science Symposium

25–29 SEP 2017


Symposium host

Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

Am Obstberg 1

78315 Radolfzell


Organising Officer

Brigitta Keeves

+49 7531 88 3478