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Ollie Padget

I am a NERC funded DPhil student in the Animal Behaviour Research Group.

Research Interests

My interest is mainly in how highly pelagic seabirds such as Manx shearwaters navigate through their environment. Manx shearwaters were one of the first species ever used to investigate navigation in biological systems first by David Lack and then by Ronald Lockley and Geoffrey Matthews in the 1950s and 60s. In 2014 I am interested in returning to the Manx shearwater as a model system but with miniaturised GPS devices, onboard video loggers and computer simulation. I am especially interested in how shearwaters are integrating different environmental cues, which I study primarily by analysing both free-ranging and experimentally manipulated homing behaviour.

Ollie with shearwater


I completed my BSc in Zoology at the University of Nottingham.

Contact Details
Oliver Padget
Department of Zoology
University of Oxford
South Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3PS


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).

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). See the university's press release here

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).

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).

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.