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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 Quantitative Methods at Merton College. During my Junior Research Fellowship I am hoping to investigate the migratory and life-history tactics of Atlantic puffins, recently classified as endangered in the IUCN European red list, across their entire breeding range, and to examine the potential drivers of non-breeding distributions of seabirds on a whole population scale.


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.

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.

Recent appearances in the media

The Oxford Science Blog wrote an article on my most recent paper.

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


I recently completed my DPhil in the Oxford Navigation Group, supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Counci, 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 ParisTech in Paris, followed by 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. 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
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.