Our group's research focuses on behavioural and ecological aspects of animal navigation and spatial cognition, using a number of different species and a variety of state-of-the-art sensor technologies. We study the contribution of individual cognitive capabilities and navigational strategies, and of the ecological, sensory, and social environments to animal movement.

We are based at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, and are part of the Animal Behaviour Research Group. Please use the tabs at the top to navigate the website and to find out more about our research, members, publications and funding.

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ASAB winter conference 2016

Abstract submission is now open. Please submit a 250 word abstract, title, list of contributing authors and preferred medium (oral or poster) to asabwinterconference@gmail.com before 15th September. For more information click here



Recent Publications


Schumacher, Sarah, Theresa Burt de Perera, Johanna Thenert, and Gerhard von der Emde. "Cross-modal object recognition and dynamic weighting of sensory inputs in a fish." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016): 201603120.

Shoji, Akiko, Ben Dean, Holly Kirk, Robin Freeman, Christopher M. Perrins, and Tim Guilford. "The diving behaviour of the Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus." Ibis 158, no. 3 (2016): 598-606.

Newport, Cait, Guy Wallis, Yarema Reshitnyk, and Ulrike E. Siebeck. "Discrimination of human faces by archerfish (Toxotes chatareus)." Scientific Reports 6 (2016): 27523.

Shoji, A., S. Aris-Brosou, E. Owen, M. Bolton, D. Boyle, A. Fayet, B. Dean, H. Kirk, R. Freeman, C. Perrins et al. "Foraging flexibility and search patterns are unlinked during breeding in a free-ranging seabird." Marine Biology 163 (2016).

Burt de Perera, Theresa, Robert I. Holbrook, and Victoria Davis. "The Representation of Three-Dimensional Space in Fish." Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 10, no. 40 (2016).