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