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.

Call for support!

OxNav member and Junior Research Fellow Annette Fayet is crowdfunding to start a new research project to study and protect declining tropical seabirds on Aldabra Atoll, the most pristine island in the Indian Ocean, where she would hope to go in December 2017. Visit her crowdfunding page for more details on the project. Please consider supporting the project by donating and/or sharing it around you! The campaign ends on 17th November 2017. Thank you for your help!

Recent Publications


Schumacher, S., Gerhard con der Emde, and Theresa Burt de Perera. "Sensory influence on navigation in the weakly electric fish Gnathonemus petersii." Animal Behaviour 132 (2017): 1-12.

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.

Padget, O., G. Dell’Ariccia, A. Gagliardo, J. González-Solís, and T. Guilford. "Anosmia impairs homing orientation but not foraging behaviour in free-ranging shearwaters." Scientific Reports, no. 1 (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.

Wakefield, Ewan D., Ellie Owen, Julia Baer, Matthew J. Carroll, Francis Daunt, Stephen G. Dodd, Jonathan A. Green, Tim Guilford, Roddy A. Mavor, Peter I. Miller et al. "Breeding density, fine-scale tracking and large-scale modeling reveal the regional distribution of four seabird species." Ecological Applications (2017).