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.

Recent Publications


Fayet, A. L., A. Shoji, R. Freeman, C. M. Perrins, and T. C. Guilford. "Within-pair similarity in migration route and female winter foraging effort predict pair breeding performance in a monogamous seabird." Marine Ecology Progress Series 569 (2017): 243-252.

Guilford, Tim, and Theresa Burt de Perera. "An associative account of avian navigation." Journal of Avian Biology 48 (2017): 191-195.

Watts, Isobel, Máté Nagy, Robert I. Holbrook, Dora Biro, and Theresa Burt de Perera. "Validating two-dimensional leadership models on three-dimensionally structured fish schools." Royal Society Open Science 470121067508, no. 1 (2017): 160804.

Pollonara, Enrica, Tim Guilford, Marta Rossi, Verner P. Bingman, and Anna Gagliardo. "Right hemisphere advantage in the development of route fidelity in homing pigeons." Animal Behaviour 123 (2017): 395-409.

Meier, Rhiannon E., Stephen C. Votier, Russell B. Wynn, Tim Guilford, Miguel McMinn Grivé, Ana Rodríguez, Jason Newton, Louise Maurice, Tiphaine Chouvelon, Aurélie Dessier et al. "Tracking, feather moult and stable isotopes reveal foraging behaviour of a critically endangered seabird during the non-breeding season." Diversity and Distributions (2016).