Romain Clement, PhD

Data scientist & Behavioural ecologist





I am a data scientist and behavioral ecology researcher. Currently in New York City for a post-doc in the Dynamical System Laboratory, I am investigating the effect of pharmaceuticals on individual behavior and social dynamics in zebrafish using interactive robots.

My PhD focused on understanding various aspects of leadership and collective decision making. Using wild freshwater fish, I investigated how evolutionary pressures such as predation and habitat affect group decision making. Working on humans allowed me to tackle more complex decision processes and look into the underlying mechanisms that allow groups to make decisions that are better than even their best members. While at the IGB, I also have been actively involved in a multidisciplinary team developing a robotic fish system that is used to study aspects of collective behavior, leadership, collective decision making and personality in fish.

I have kept a strong interest in nature’s diversity beyond the model species I work with. I have been monitoring species of amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, butterflies, dragonflies and other insects for the Stiftung Naturschutz Berlin in Berlin and surroundings, and whenever possible on field trips.