IOC Conference 2022

25 08 2022

Was fun to organise a Symposium at the IOC 2022 with Samuel Temidayo Osinubi, all about the ethics of biologging with birds. Thanks to all the speakers and listeners!

Lab get together

25 08 2022

Always nice to get together as a lab and have some social downtime. We ate a lot of pizza!

New article in The Conversation

14 08 2022

I recently wrote an article for The Conservation, about why people should appreciate pigeons a little more. You can read it here!


15 07 2022

Graduation is always an exciting day. Congratulations Sam Jones and Steph McClelland on your PhD success, and Sam, Ceri and Amaia on your MSc!

Paper accepted in Behavioural Processes

25 03 2022

Our new paper has been accepted in Behavioural Processes, all about leadership in flocks of birds (pigeons, of course). Pigeon leadership hierarchies were similar across environmental context; familiar and unfamiliar. However, we found that no covariates (e.g. dominance, personality) could predict leadership score in either context, besides body mass, with heavier individuals leading group movements more often than lighter individuals.

Busy Month

20 03 2022

Been a busy few weeks for everyone in the lab. Congrats to Amaia, who passed her MSc, and to Sam, for submitting his corrections. Congratulations to Ceri also, who submitted her MSc this week. Jasper and Jamie are busy releasing pigeons, while Rana is gearing up for her first visual field measurements at The Hawk Conservancy next month. Hana and Ursh are in South Africa, working with our collaborators in Pretoria, with some mole rat madness going on.

New paper out in Royal Society Open Science

23 02 2022

Our new paper is out in Royal Society Open Science. Congratulations first author, and very much lead author, Marina. You can read the paper here! All about emergence of splits and collective turns in pigeon flocks under predation.

New paper out in PLOS Computational Biology

30 01 2022

Our new paper is out in PLOS Computational Biology – you can read it here!

Welcome new PhD student Robin

7 01 2022

Very happy to be welcoming new PhD student Robin Franks to the lab group. Robin is funded by the NERC London DTP, and is co-supervised by Robin Freeman (ZSL) and Elli Leadbeater.

Paper accepted in Royal Society Open Science

5 01 2022

Good news, our paper has been accepted in Royal Science Open Science. Congratulations first and very much lead author Marina Papadopoulou. This paper is a modelling approach, looking at our RoboFalcon empirical data.