Stephen Lang

Stephen Lang


Name: Stephen Lang
Position: Visiting Postgraduate Student


I graduated from the University of Exeter CEC in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science (with Honours) in Zoology, and a Masters in Conservation and Biodiversity. Starting in late 2012, I worked as an intern and subsequently as a research assistant in the Social Network Group at the EGI, tracking the social behaviour of tits in Wytham woods. Most recently, in 2015 I started as PhD student in the Farine lab at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, University of Konstanz, studying the foraging behaviours of predators.


My research focuses on understanding predator foraging dynamics: exploring how predation drives collective behaviour of prey, and how collective prey behaviour shapes the hunting strategies of predators.

For my core project, I study the behaviour of a common European bird of prey – the eurasian sparrowhawk – along with with several species of songbirds it predates. Using a combination of GPS tags on sparrowhawks, and microchip PIT tags on songbirds, aim to track spatial and temporal movements of predators, reconstruct predation events, and monitor the movements and social dynamics of hunted prey.


Farine, D. R., & Lang, S. D. (2013). The early bird gets the worm: foraging strategies of wild songbirds lead to the early discovery of food sources. Biology letters, 9(6), 20130578.