Campus Wildlife

8 02 2021

As part of MSc student Sam’s project, he’s been busy putting out camera traps to see who is eating his fake caterpillars. As an aside, Sam has captured some fascinating badger footage, including this individual not enjoying having a muntjac deer close to the sett!

Podcast chat and birds galore

5 02 2021

Had an enjoyable hour chatting about birds. You can listen to the podcast via the link below:

Chatting Ibis and Pigeons

5 02 2021

I’ve been enjoying giving evening outreach talks to various groups and societies, focusing on previous V-formation findings and ongoing pigeon research. I was amazed by the reach of the London Natural History Society, and it was amazing to be presenting to people all over the world. Benefit of online presentations!!! You can watch one of the presentations via the link below (this was to the London Bird Club).

Congratulations Eleanor

5 02 2021

Congrats to Eleanor, whose MSc thesis has come back with Minor Revisions. A difficult year for all those doing an MSc. We’re looking forward to finishing the manuscript; all about comparative locomotion in the Bathyergidae group.

Before COVID, Eleanor completing her fieldwork in Pretoria, South Africa.

New Lab Members

24 09 2020

Very happy to welcome four new postgrads to the lab, Ursh, Sam, Amaia and Ceri. They’ll be researching mole rat physiology, aposematism and birds, metabolism and dominance in pigeons, and communication in giraffes. Exciting!

Bumper Baby Year

28 08 2020

It’s been a bumper year for pigeon babies. So far we’ve had 20 babies. Amazing how fast they grow.

Pigeon Baby

Our paper is out in Biology Letters

11 08 2020

Regarding the below post, our paper is now out in Biology Letters and you can read it here!

Various news outlets have picked up on the work, including The Times (here) and The Daily Mail (here).


Paper accepted in Biology Letters

13 07 2020

Great news today that our paper has been accepted in Biology Letters. This paper looks at (1) whether body mass determines dominance hierarchies in pigeons (it does), (2) how stable these hierarchies are over successive years (very stable), and (3) whether artificially mass loading the low body mass subordinates would make them rise up the rankings (it does).

This paper is based on my postdoc work at the RVC. Only taken me five years to finally get it published. More to follow when it comes out.


Chatting with the Times of India.

27 06 2020

Was fun chatting to the Times of India about birds and flight, you can read it here!


New paper out in Global Ecology and Conservation

27 06 2020

Our new paper is out in Global Ecology and Conservation, looking at how effective underwater light deterrents in gillnets are with Long-tailed Ducks. Congratulations Jenny on your 2nd PhD paper. You can read it here!