Born in 1974 in Scotland. Bachelor in biology at University of St Andrews (1995). 1999 PhD at the University of Bath. Postdoc at the University of Leeds, University of Oxford and Princeton University (2002-2007). Assistant Professor (2007) and Full Professor (2013) at Princeton University. In 2014, Iain Couzin became Director at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell the precursor institute of the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior. In the same year, he became Full Professor at the University of Konstanz where he is one of the spokespersons of the cluster of excellence ‘Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour’ since 2019.
Iain Couzin was awarded with several prestigious awards for his scientific breakthroughs in the understanding of collective behavior. He was awarded with the Emerging Explorer Award by the National Geographic Society (2012), received the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society of London in 2013, and in 2019 the Lagrange Prize for outstanding contributions relevant to the progress of complexity science. In 2018 and 2019 he was named on the Global Highly Cited Researchers List by the Web of Science Group.