Dr Stephen Lang

Lecturer in Animal Behaviour

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Life Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Life sciences

Stephen is a behavioural ecologist interested in the foraging strategies of predators, and predator-prey dynamics. He studies how predators hunt over time, across space, and in groups using animal tracking, large-scale citizen-science datasets, and fine-scale animal observations from camera trapping.


ResearchGate Profile


Stephen did his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Animal Behaviour in Konstanz, Germany. His PhD thesis focused on the foraging strategies of predators, and how they hunt over time and in groups. After completing a follow-up postdoc in Germany, Stephen joined ARU in 2019 as a postdoctoral researcher with Fabrizio Manco, working on the foraging behaviour of chinstrap penguins. Since finishing his postdoc, he has worked as a Lecturer in Animal Behaviour in the School of Life Sciences.

Research interests

  • Predator behaviour
  • Foraging behaviour
  • Predator-prey behavioural dynamics


Practical Skills in Animal Behaviour


PhD in Animal behaviour from the University of Konstanz

MSc in Conservation & Biodiversity from University of Exeter

BSc in Zoology from University of Exeter

Selected recent publications

Lang, S.D.J., Mann, R.P., & Farine, D.R. (2019) Temporal activity patterns of predators and prey across broad geographic scales. Behavioural Ecology, 30(1), 172–180. Lang, S.D.J., & Farine, D.R. (2017). A multidimensional framework for studying social predation strategies. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1, 1230–1239. Farine, D.R., & Lang, S.D.J. (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.