Ben Koger

Postdoctoral Fellow, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences


I am a Washington Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow working with Professor Andrew Berdahl at the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, focused on designing and using automated image based tools for studying animal behavior in natural landscapes. I am interested in studying the social context in which animals move and make decisions in natural environments. In addition to designing novel image processing pipelines, this work has spanned systems ranging from ungulate herds in Kenya to one of the world’s largest bat migrations in Zambia. I am currently counting and recording Pacific salmon as they make decisions about how to navigate home and reproduce while interacting with conspecifics and being hunted by grizzly bears.