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Annette Fayet


I recently completed my DPhil in the Animal Behaviour Group at the University of Oxford, 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 as a Microsoft Research – University of Oxford Scholar. I am currently on a short postdoctoral contract with the Institute of Zoology London, and I will start a Junior Research Fellowship at Queen's College, Oxford, in October 2016.


My research investigates the at-sea behaviour of pelagic seabirds on long-distance movements (e.g. migration, foraging trips) and their potential life-history consequences, with Atlantic puffins Fratercula arctica and Manx shearwater Puffinus puffinus as my main study species. I use tracking data (from miniature geolocators or GPS loggers) to study movements and distributions of seabirds at sea, but I also use an etho-infomatics approach to identify different behaviours at sea (e.g. foraging, flight, sitting on the surface). I try to understand how these behaviours are affected by environmental conditions and which consequences they may have on the birds’ fitness. 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.

During my Junior Research Fellowship I am hoping to use the tools developed during my DPhil to investigate the migratory and life-history tactics of Atlantic puffins, recently classified as endangered in the IUCN European red list, on a global population scale, and to examine the potential drivers of non-breeding distributions of seabirds on a whole population level.

I am also interested in tracking the at-sea behaviour and movements of juvenile and immature individuals, which are still mysterious in most seabirds. The results may not only help us understand how processes such as learning and exploration can shape the future foraging and migration patterns of adult birds, but could also have important implications for conservation.


After completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, physics and chemistry at the ESPCI ParisTech in Paris, I did a research project in the Behavioural Ecology Group at Cambridge University, where I studied the influence of sexual signals on parental investment in Great tits. I then read a MSc in Biology (Integrative Bioscience) 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. After completing the course, I worked as a research assistant on a nature reserve in New Zealand for 6 months, studying a population of endangered stitchbirds for the Department of Conservation and the Institute of Zoology London. Just before starting my DPhil I was a research assistant for the Oxnav Group on Skomer Island (Wales), where I was mainly involved in the long-term study of the behaviour and ecology of Manx shearwaters.

Contact Details

Twitter: @AnnetteFayet
ResearchGate Profile
ORCID: 0000-0001-6373-0500

Address: Dr. Annette Fayet, Department of Zoology (E23a), South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS


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).

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.