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Annette Fayet


I am a Browne Junior Research Fellow in Biological Sciences at The Queen's College and a Tutorial Lecturer in Biology at Merton College. My research focusses on spatial ecology, on topics dealing with behavioural ecology, life-history and population dynamics. I mostly work on colonial seabirds, addressing a range of questions from understanding the drivers of migration and the consequences of migratory strategies on individual fitness and population dynamics, to investigating foraging niche differentiation in sympatric species, or the mechanisms of carry-over effects in migratory species.


My research investigates the at-sea behaviour and ecology of pelagic seabirds. I want to understand how seabirds interact with their environment, and what are the drivers and fitness consequences of variability in foraging or migration strategies at the individual and population level. To do this I collect and analyse large individual-based datasets collected with bio-logging techniques (e.g. GPS loggers or miniature geolocators), often using machine learning to identify behavioural patterns in these datasets (ethoinformatics). I try to understand how these behaviours are affected by environmental conditions and which consequences they may have on the birds’ fitness.

One of my current research projects is on Atlantic puffins, which I have been studying for 7 years on Skomer Island in Wales. My puffin works investigates the drivers of puffin migration, but also their foraging ecology, with the hope to understand what is causing the dramatic declines in puffin populations, recently classified as endangered in the IUCN European red list. My research aims to understand what drives different individuals to follow different migratory strategies, their potential fitness consequences on individuals and pairs, and how in turn conditions and decisions during the breeding season can affect wintering behaviour.

I am also working on a project investigating homing navigation in nocturnal shearwaters, studying Manx shearwaters on Skomer and streaked shearwaters on Awashima Island in Japan, in collaboration with researchers from Nagoya and Hokkaido University. Recently, I also started a study of tropicbirds' foraging ecology on Aldabra Atoll in the Indian Ocean, aiming to gain knowledge of these birds' poorly-studied ecology and identify potential drivers of their declines, in collaboration with the Seychelles Islands Foundation (see the expedition blog).

Recent appearances in the media

The Oxford Science Blog wrote an article on a recent puffin paper. See coverage of the same paper by the BBC Wildlife News website.

Oxford Sparks made a podcast where I talk about an earlier paper and about Manx shearwaters in general.


I completed my DPhil in the Oxford Navigation Group in winter 2015, supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, an Entente Cordiale Scholarship from the British Council, a Mary Griffiths Scholarship and Microsoft Research Cambridge. I then did a short postdoc with the London Institute of Zoology before returning to Oxford. Prior to that, I completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, physics and chemistry at the ESPCI Paris in Paris, followed by a MSc in Biology at the University of Oxford, during which I completed research projects in behavioural and evolutionary ecology in the OxNav Group and in the Edward Grey Institute. This was followed by a year of fieldwork as a research assistant on remote islands in New Zealand and in Wales.

Contact Details

Twitter: @AnnetteFayet and @AldabraSeabirds
ResearchGate Profile
ORCID: 0000-0001-6373-0500
College Webpage

Address: Dr. Annette Fayet, The Queen's College, High Street, Oxford OX1 4AW, UK


Padget, Oliver, Sarah L. Bond, Marwa M. Kavelaars, Emiel van Loon, Mark Bolton, Annette L. Fayet, Martyna Syposz, Stephen Roberts, and Tim Guilford. "In Situ Clock Shift Reveals that the Sun Compass Contributes to Orientation in a Pelagic Seabird." Current Biology (2018).

Fayet, A. L., R. Freeman, T. Anker-Nilssen, A. W. Diamond, K. E. Erikstad, D. A. Fifield, M. G. Fitzsimmons, E. S. Hansen, M. P. Harris, M. J. Jessopp et al. "Ocean-wide drivers of migration strategies and their influence on population breeding performance in a declining seabird." Current Biology 27, no. 4 (2017).

Votier, Stephen C., Annette L. Fayet, Stuart Bearhop, Thomas W. Bodey, Bethany L. Clark, James Grecian, Tim Guilford, Keith C. Hamer, Jana W. E. Jeglinski, Greg Morgan et al. "Effects of age and reproductive status on individual foraging site fidelity in a long-lived marine predator." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 2841736478961106380444, no. 1859 (2017): 20171068.

Tyson, C., H. Kirk, A. Fayet, E. E. Van Loon, A. Shoji, B. Dean, C. Perrins, R. Freeman, and T. Guilford. "Coordinated provisioning in a dual-foraging pelagic seabird." Animal Behaviour 132 (2017): 73-79.

Gibb, Rory, Akiko Shoji, Annette L. Fayet, Chris M. Perrins, Tim Guilford, and Robin Freeman. "Remotely sensed wind speed predicts soaring behaviour in a wide-ranging pelagic seabird." Journal of The Royal Society Interface 148462416-41721085388520122519, no. 132 (2017): 20170262.

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.

Morley, T. I., A. L. Fayet, H. Jessopp, P. Veron, M. Veron, J. Clark, and M. J. Wood. "The seabird wreck in the Bay of Biscay and South-Western Approaches in 2014: a review of reported mortality. ." Seabird 29 (2017).

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).

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).

Johnstone, R. A., A. Manica, A. L. Fayet, M. C. Stoddard, M. A. Rodriguez-Girones, and C. A. Hinde. "Evidence for conditional cooperation in biparental care systems? A response to Schlicht et al. 2016." Behavioral Ecology 27, no. 3 (2016).

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 27, no. 4 (2016): 1061-1072.

Fayet, Annette L., Robin Freeman, Akiko Shoji, Oliver Padget, Chris M. Perrins, and Tim Guilford. "Lower foraging efficiency in immatures drives spatial segregation with breeding adults in a long-lived pelagic seabird." Animal Behaviour 110 (2015).

Dean, B., H. Kirk, A. Fayet, A. Shoji, R. Freeman, K. Leonard, C. M. Perrins, and T. Guilford. "Simultaneous multi-colony tracking of a pelagic seabird reveals cross-colony utilization of a shared foraging area." Marine Ecology Progress Series 538 (2015): 239-248.

Shoji, A., S. Aris-Brosou, A. Culina, A. Fayet, H. Kirk, O. Padget, I. Juarez-Martinez, D. Boyle, T. Nakata, C. M. Perrins et al. "Breeding phenology and winter activity predict subsequent breeding success in a trans-global migratory seabird." Biology Letters 111781522844254912763, no. 10 (2015): 20150671.

Shoji, A., S. Aris-Brosou, A. Fayet, O. Padget, C. Perrins, and T. Guilford. "Dual foraging and pair coordination during chick provisioning by Manx shearwaters: empirical evidence supported by a simple model." Journal of Experimental Biology 218, no. 13 (2015): 2116-2123.

Shoji, Akiko, Kyle H. Elliott, Julian G. Greenwood, Luke McClean, Kerry Leonard, Chris M. Perrins, Annette Fayet, and Tim Guilford. "Diving behaviour of benthic feeding Black Guillemots." Bird Study 62, no. 2 (2015): 217-222.

Shoji, A., K. Elliott, A. Fayet, D. Boyle, C. Perrins, and T. Guilford. "Foraging behaviour of sympatric razorbills and puffins." Marine Ecology Progress Series 520 (2015): 257-267.

Shoji, Akiko, Ellie Owen, Mark Bolton, Ben Dean, Holly Kirk, Annette Fayet, Dave Boyle, Robin Freeman, Chris Perrins, Stéphane Aris-Brosou et al. "Flexible foraging strategies in a diving seabird with high flight cost." Marine Biology (2014).

Fayet, Annette L., Joseph A. Tobias, Rogier E. Hintzen, and Nathalie Seddon. "Immigration and dispersal are key determinants of cultural diversity in a songbird population." Behavioral Ecology 25, no. 4 (2014).

Johnstone, R. A., A. Manica, A. L. Fayet, M. C. Stoddard, M. A. Rodriguez-Girones, and C. A. Hinde. "Reciprocity and conditional cooperation between great tit parents." Behavioral Ecology 25, no. 1 (2014).

Stoddard, M. C., A. L. Fayet, R. M. Kilner, and C. A. Hinde. "Egg Speckling Patterns Do Not Advertise Offspring Quality or Influence Male Provisioning in Great Tits." PLoS ONE 7, no. 7 (2012).

Guilford, T., R. Wynn, M. McMinn, A. Rodríguez, A. Fayet, L. Maurice, A. Jones, and R. Meier. "Geolocators Reveal Migration and Pre-Breeding Behaviour of the Critically Endangered Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus." PLoS ONE 7, no. 3 (2012): e33753.