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.

~~~~~~~~~~~ Research Assistant Needed ~~~~~~~~~~~


The OxNav seabird behaviour team are looking for an enthusiastic, hardworking young biologist to work as a voluntary Research Assistant to help with our pelagic seabird research on Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire, Wales, between April and September 2017. The work will involve several research projects coordinated by Prof Tim Guilford at Oxford’s Department of Zoology. For more information, click here.



Recent Publications


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).

Schumacher, Sarah, Theresa Burt de Perera, and Gerhard von der Emde. "Object discrimination through active electrolocation: Shape recognition and the influence of electrical noise." Journal of Physiology-Paris (2016).

Watts, Isobel, Máté Nagy, Theresa Burt de Perera, and Dora Biro. "Misinformed leaders lose influence over pigeon flocks." Biology Letters 12915205202, no. 9 (2016): 20160544.

Fayet, Annette L., Robin Freeman, Akiko Shoji, Holly L. Kirk, Oliver Padget, Chris M. Perrins, and Tim Guilford. "Carry-over effects on the annual cycle of a migratory seabird: an experimental study." Journal of Animal Ecology (2016).