Welcome to the Oxford Navigation Group

About Oxnav

Oxnav'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 ZoologyUniversity of Oxford, and are part of the Animal Behaviour Research Group.





  • Not just passengers: pigeons, Columba livia, can learn homing routes while flying with a more experienced conspecific.

    Pettit, B, Flack, A, Freeman, R, Guilford, T, Biro, D
  • Behavioural mapping of a pelagic seabird: combining multiple sensors and a hidden Markov model reveals the distribution of at-sea behaviour.

    Dean, B
  • Multicolony tracking reveals the winter distribution of a pelagic seabird on an ocean basin scale

    Frederiksen, M, Moe, B, Daunt, F, Phillips, RA, Barrett, RT, Bogdanova, MI, Boulinier, T, Chardine, JW, Chastel, O, Chivers, LS, Christensen-Dalsgaard, S, Clément-Chastel, C
    et al
  • What are leaders made of? The role of individual experience in determining leader-follower relations in homing pigeons

  • Migratory navigation in birds: new opportunities in an era of fast-developing tracking technology.

    Guilford, T, Åkesson, S, Gagliardo, A, Holland, RA, Mouritsen, H, Muheim, R, Wiltschko, R, Wiltschko, W, Bingman, VP
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