The Oxford Navigation Group

Based in Oxford's Zoology Department, we carry out diverse research falling within the theme of Animal Behaviour. The group comprises several PIs and a vibrant community of graduate and undergraduate students. Our research is centred around the use of state of the art technology (GPS tracking devices, accelerometers, radio tracking, camera traps) to investigate the mechanisms that underpin animals' interactions with their environment, and particularly those involving movement and navigation.


Recent publications


Newport, C, Padget, O, and Burt de Perera, T. (2021) "High turbidity levels alter coral reef fish movement in a foraging task." Scientific Reports, 11: 5976.

Syposz, M, Padget, O, Willis, J, Van Doren, BM, Gillies, N, Fayet, AL, Wood, MJ, Alejo, A, Guilford, T. “Avoidance of different durations, colours and intensities of artificial light by adult seabirds.”  Scientific Reports, 11: 1 (2021).

Gillies, N, Tyson, C, Wynn, J, Syposz, M, Vansteenberghe, C, Guilford, T. (2021) “Exploring the mechanisms of coordinated chick provisioning in the Manx shearwater (Puffinus puffinus).” Journal of Avian Biology, e02881 (2021).

Clairbaux M, Mathewson P, Porter W, Fort, H, Strøm H, Moe B, Fauchald P, Descamps S, Helgason H, Bråthen V, Merkel B, Anker-Nilssen T, Bringsvor O, Chastel O, Christensen-Dalsgaard S, Danielsen J, Daunt F, Dehnhard N, Erikstad KE, Ezhov A, Gavrilo M, Krasnov Y, Langset M, Lorentsen S-H, Newell M, Olsen B, Reiertsen T, Systad G, Thórarinsson T, Baran M, Diamond A, Fayet A, Fitzsimmons M, Frederiksen M, Gilchrist H, Guilford T, Huffeldt N, Jessopp M, Johannsen K, Kouwenberg A, Linnebjerg J, McFarlane Tranquilla L, Mallory M, Merkel MF, Montevecchi W, Mosbech A, Petersen A, Grémillet D. (2021) "Do North Atlantic winter cyclones starve seabirds?" Current Biology, 31: 3964-3971.

Gillies, N, Syposz, M, Wynn, J, Vansteenberghe, C. & Guilford, T. (2021) “Responses of Manx shearwaters to handicapping and its implications for the coordination of care.” Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 9: 655923

Phillips, JA, Fayet, A, Guilford, T, Manco, F, Warwick-Evans, V, & Trathan, P. (2021) “Foraging conditions for breeding penguins improve with distance from colony and progression of the breeding season at the South Orkney Islands.” Movement Ecology, 9: ARTN 22 (2021)

Gillies, N, Guilford, T, & Catry, P.  (2021) “Allopreening in the black-browed albatross (Thalassarche melanophris): an exploration of patterns and possible functions.”  Ibis, 163:1175-1188

Davies, TE, Carneiro, AP, Tarzia, M, Wakefield, E, Hennicke, J, Morten Frederiksen, M, Hansen, ES, Campos, B, Hazin, C, Lascelles, B, Anker-Nilssen, T, Arnardóttir, H,  van Bemmelen, RSA, Biscoito, M, Bollache, L, Boulinier. T,  Catry, P, Ceia, FR, Chastel, O,  Christensen-Dalsgaard, C, Cruz-Flores, M,  Danielsen, J,  Daunt, F, Dunn, E, Egevang, C, Fagundes, AI, Fayet, A, Fort, J, Furness, RW, Gilg, O,  González-Solís, J,  Granadeiro, JP, Grémillet, D, Guilford, T, Hanssen, SA, Harris, MP, Hedd, A, Per Huffeldt, N, Jessopp, M, Kolbeinsson, Y, Krietsch, J, Lang, J, Linnebjerg, JF, Lorentsen, S-H, Madeiros, J, Mallory, ML, Merkel, FR, Militão, T, Moe, B, Montevecchi, WA, Morera-Pujol1, V, Mosbech, A, Neves, V, Olsen, B, Paiva, VH, Peter, H-U, Petersen, A, Phillips, RA, Ramírez, I, Ramos, JA, Ramos, R. Ronconi, RA, Ryan, PG, Schmidt, NM, Shailer, M,  Sigurðsson, IA, Sittler, B, Steen, H, Stenhouse, IJ, Strøm, H, Thompson, P, Þórarinsson, ÞL, Wanless, S, Zino, F, Dias, MP  (2021)  ”Multi-species tracking reveals a major seabird hotspot in the North Atlantic” Conservation Letters, 14:e12824