Junior Research Fellow at St John's College
I completed a B.Sc. in Zoology at the University of Nottingham in 2013, before completing a D.Phil. in Zoology at the University of Oxford in 2018. My D.Phil. research examined some of the sensory aspects underpinning navigation in seabirds, and some of the causes and consequences of a long-lived life-history strategy in Procellariiform seabirds.
I have broad interests in the mechanisms underpinning animal behaviour, in particular how the behavioural processes govern animals’ interactions with their environment. Currently, my research focuses on how animals learn, encode and use spatial information to navigate and exploit resources in their environment. This combines theoretical and empirical work. For experimentation, I employ seabirds as models for animal navigation. Seabirds are nature’s greatest navigators, routinely travelling many thousands of miles on foraging trips during breeding. They are also long lived and so accumulate experience over their lives, potentially allowing us to examine the ontogeny and, through manipulations and natural experiments, the functionality of their cognitive representation of space.
As a side project, I am also interested in the conservation of the Balearic Shearwater, Europe’s only critically endangered seabird. I am part of a team investigating the demography and foraging behaviour of the species with a view to informing fisheries policy in the western Mediterranean where it is caught as bycatch.
C. Perrins, O. Padget, M. O’Connell, R. Brown, B. Büche, G. Eagle, J. Roden, E. Stubbings & M. Wood. A census of breeding Manx shearwaters on the Pembrokeshire Islands of Skomer, Skokholm and Midland in 2018. Seabird. In press.
J. Wynn, J. Collet, A. Prudor, A. Corbeau, O. Padget, T. Guilford and H. Weimerskirch. Proc. Roy. Soc. B. in press.
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. Short-term behavioural impact contrasts with long-term fitness consequences of biologging in a long-lived seabird. Scientific Reports, 10, 15056. 2020 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. 2020. In press.
O. Padget, G. Stanley,, J.K. Willis, A. Fayet, S. Bond, L. Maurice, A. Shoji, B. Dean, H. Kirk, I. Juarez-Martinez, R. Freeman, M. Bolton and T. Guilford. 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. 2019.
C. Richards, O. Padget, T. Guilford and A. Bates. Manx shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) rafting behavior revealed by GPS-tracking and behavioural observations. PeerJ. 2019.
O. Padget, J. Morford, A. Ward, J.M. Zamora-Marin, A. Zamora-Lopez, M. Leon-Ortega, F.A. Garcia-Castellanos and A. Lowe. Extra-pair nest visitation in the European nightjar. Bird Study. 2019
T. Guilford, O. Padget, S. Bond and M. Syposz. Light pollution causes object collisions during local nocturnal manoeuvring flight by adult Manx shearwaters (Puffinus puffinus). Seabird. 2019.
J. Behnke, A. Bajer, J. Behnke-Borowczyk, N. Clisham, F. Gilbert, A. Glover, L. Jeffery, J. Kirk, E.J. Mierzejewska, S. Mills, E. Mohallal, O. Padget, R. Wainer and S. Zalat. Long-term spatiotemporal stability and dynamic changes in helminth infracommunities of spiny mice (Acomys dimidiatus) in St. Katherine’s Protectorate, Sinai, Egypt. Parasitology. 2019.
O. Padget, S. Bond, M.M. Kavelaars, E.E. van Loon, M. Bolton, S. Roberts, A. Fayet and T. Guilford. In-situ clock-shift reveals involvement of sun-compass navigation of a wild, pelagic seabird. Current Biology, 28. 275-279. 2018.
O. Padget, G. Dell’Ariccia, A. Gagliardo, J. Gonzalez-Solis and T. Guilford. Anosmia impairs homing orientation but not foraging in shearwaters. Scientific Reports, 7, e9668. 2017.
A. Fayet, R. Freeman, A. Shoji, O. Padget, C. Perrins and T. Guilford. Lower foraging efficiency in immatures drives spatial segregation with breeding adults in a long-lived pelagic seabird. (2016). Animal Behaviour.
A. Fayet, R. Freeman, A. Shoji, H. Kirk, O. Padget, C.M. Perrins and T. Guilford. Carry-over effects on the annual cycle of a migratory seabird: an experimental study. (2016). Journal of Animal Ecology.
A. Shoji, S. Aris-Brosou, A. Fayet, O. Padget, C. M. Perrins and T. Guilford. Dual foraging and pair coordination during chick provisioning by Manx shearwaters: empirical evidence supported by a simple model. (2015). Journal of Experimental Biology.
A. Shoji, S. Aris-Brosou, A. Culina, A. Fayet, H. Kirk, O. Padget, I. Juarez-Martinez, D. Boyle, T. Nakata, C.M. Perrins and T. Guilford. Breeding phenology and winter activity predict subsequent breeding success in a trans-global migratory seabird. (2016). Biology Letters.