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, accelerometres, radio tracking, camera traps) to investigate the mechanisms that underpin animals' interactions with their environment, and particularly those involving movement and navigation.

Recent publications

J. Wynn, J. Collet, A. Prudor, A. Corbeau, O. Padget, T. Guilford and H. Weimerskirch. (2020) "Young frigatebirds learn how to compensate for wind drift.” Proc. Roy. Soc. B., 287:20201970

N. Gillies, A. L. Fayet, O. Padget, M. Syposz, J. Wynn, S. Bond, J. Evry, H. Kirk, A. Shoji, B. Dean, R. Freeman & T. Guilford. (2020) "Short-term behavioural impact contrasts with long-term fitness consequences of biologging in a long-lived seabird." Scientific Reports, 10: 15056. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-72199-w

J. Wynn, O. Padget, H. Mouritsen, C. Perrins and T. Guilford. "Natal imprinting to the Earth’s magnetic field in a pelagic seabird." Current Biology. 2020. https://www.cell.com/current-biology/pdfExtended/S0960-9822(20)30726-0

F. Ventura, J.P. Granadeiro, O. Padget and P. Catry. Gadfly petrels use knowledge of the windscape, not memorised foraging patches, to optimise foraging trips on ocean-wide scales. Proc. Roy. Soc. B. 2020. https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rspb.2019.1775

C. Perrins, O. Padget, M. O’Connell, R. Brown, B. Büche, G. Eagle, J. Roden, E. Stubbings & M. Wood. (2019) "A census of breeding Manx shearwaters on the Pembrokeshire Islands of Skomer, Skokholm and Midland in 2018." Seabird, 32: 106-118.

Fayet, Annette L., Erpur Snær Hansen, and Dora Biro. "Evidence of tool use in a seabird." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2019). https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2019/12/24/1918060117


Kobylkov, D., Wynn, J., Winklhofer, M., Chetverikova, R., Xu, J., Hiscock, H., Hore, P.J. and Mouritsen, H. 2019. Electromagnetic 0.1–100 kHz noise does not disrupt orientation in a night-migrating songbird implying a spin coherence lifetime of less than 10 µs. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 16(161), p.20190716. https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/full/10.1098/rsif.2019.0716


Padget, O., Stanley, G., Willis, J.K., Fayet, A.L., Bond, S., Maurice, L., Shoji, A., Dean, B., Kirk, H., Juarez-Martinez, I., Freeman, R., Bolton, M. and Guilford, T. 2019. Shearwaters know the direction and distance home but fail to encode intervening obstacles after free-ranging foraging trips. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(43), pp.21629-21633. https://www.pnas.org/content/116/43/21629.short


Sankey, D.W., Shepard, E.L., Biro, D. and Portugal, S.J. 2019. Speed consensus and the ‘Goldilocks principle’in flocking birds (Columba livia). Animal Behaviour, 157, pp.105-119. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003347219302830

Richards, C., Padget, O., Guilford, T. and Bates, A. 2019. Manx shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) rafting behavior revealed by GPS-tracking and behavioural observations. PeerJhttps://peerj.com/articles/7863/


Padget, O., Morford, J., Ward, A., Zamora-Marin, J.M., Zamora-Lopez, A., Leon-Ortega, M., Garcia-Castellanos, F.A. and Lowe, A. 2019. Extra-pair nest visitation in the European nightjar. Bird Study. https://doi.org/10.1080/00063657.2019.1656708


Guilford, T., Padget, O., Bond, S.  Syposz, M. 2019Light pollution causes object collisions during local nocturnal manoeuvring flight by adult Manx shearwaters (Puffinus puffinus). Seabird. https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:50f43733-03a1-444c-a2f4-b2d8c3828ad1

Guilford, T. 2019. The Shearwater's world. British Birds. 2019. https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:6513b34b-a550-471b-97fe-8d7586d23e25

Scofield, D., Nagrani, A., Zisserman, A., Hayashi, M., Matsuzawa, T., Biro, D. and Carvalho, S. 2019. Chimpanzee face recognition from videos in the wild using deep learning. Science Advances. 2019. 5 (9). https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/9/eaaw0736 

Zawadzki, L., Veit, R.R. and Manne, L. 2019. The influence of population growth and wind on vagrancy in a North American passerine. Ardea107(2). 131-147. https://bioone.org/journals/Ardea/volume-107/issue-2/arde.v107i2.a2/The-Influence-of-Population-Growth-and-Wind-on-Vagrancy-in/10.5253/arde.v107i2.a2.short

Fayet AL, Shirai M, Matsumoto S, Van Tatenhove A, Yoda K & Shoji A (2019) Differences in breeding success among neighbouring Streaked Shearwater subcolonies correlate with egg size and quality of parental care. Ornithological Science 18 (2): 189-195. https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:401c854b-6451-49c2-a62e-10478c19d192