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.



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


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).

Genovart, Meritxell, Jose Manuel Arcos, David Álvarez, Miguel McMinn, Rhiannon Meier, Russell Wynn, Tim Guilford, and Daniel Oro. "Demography of the critically endangered Balearic shearwater: the impact of fisheries and time to extinction." Journal of Applied Ecology (2016): n/a - n/a.

Watts, Isobel, Benjamin Pettit, Máté Nagy, Theresa Burt de Perera, and Dora Biro. "Lack of experience-based stratification in homing pigeon leadership hierarchies." Royal Society Open Science 3108967208, no. 1 (2016): 150518.

Fayet, Annette L., Robin Freeman, Akiko Shoji, Dave Boyle, Holly L. Kirk, Ben J. Dean, Chris M. Perrins, and Tim Guilford. "Drivers and fitness consequences of dispersive migration in a pelagic seabird." Behavioral Ecology (2016): arw013.