Max Wolf

Principal Investigator

Behavioral Biology

IGB Berlin



Phone: +49 30 64181 718


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Max Wolf

Max Wolf

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Max Wolf has an interdisciplinary background including economics, biology and cognitive sciences. His research brings together theoretical and computational approaches to behavior and decision making with experimental work in fish and humans.


Max Wolf is member of Project 21, Project 58.

Laskowski, K., Bierbach, D., Jolles, J., Doran, C., & Wolf, M. (2022). The emergence and development of behavioral individuality in clonal fish. Nature Communications.
McNamara, J., & Wolf, M. (2022). Social interaction can select for reduced ability. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.
Scherer, U., Ehlman, S. M., Bierbach, D., Krause, J., & Wolf, M. (2023). Reproductive individuality of clonal fish raised in near-identical environments and its link to early-life behavioral individuality. Nature Communications.
Kurvers, R. H. J. M., Herzog, S. M., Hertwig, R., Krause, J., & Wolf, M. (2021). Pooling decisions decreases variation in response bias and accuracy. IScience, 24(7), 102740.
Scherer, U., Laskowki, K., Kressler, M., Ehlman, S. M., Wolf, M., & Bierbach, D. (2023). Perceived predation risk affects the development of among-individual behavioral variation in a naturally clonal freshwater fish. BioRxiv.
Ehlman, S., Scherer, U., Bierbach, D., Francisco, F., Laskowski, K., Krause, J., & Wolf, M. (2023). Leverging big data to uncover the eco-evolutionary factors shaping behavioural development. Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Kurvers, R. H. J. M., Herzog, S. M., Hertwig, R., Krause, J., Moussaid, M., Argenziano, G., Zalaudek, I., Carney, P. A., & Wolf, M. (2019). How to detect high-performing individuals and groups: Decision similarity predicts accuracy. Science Advances, 5(11), eaaw9011.
Ehlman, S., Scherer, U., & Wolf, M. (2022). Developmental feedbacks and the emergence of individuality. Royal Society Open Science.
Tump, A. N., Wolf, M., Romanczuk, P., & Kurvers, R. (2022). Avoiding costly mistakes in groups: The evolution of error management in collective decision making. PLOS Computational Biology.


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