Paper accepted in The Science of Nature

24 06 2019

Big congratulations to PhD student Dan Sankey for getting his first paper accepted. Two years ago all his pigeons disappeared on a routine 8km flight and flew 200+ km across the whole of London and into East Anglia, with all their loggers on. This provided an exciting opportunity to see how birds alter their spacings within a group over long flights. More to follow.


Paper out in PLOS Biology

19 06 2019

Our paper is out in PLOS Biology. A huge amount of effort, and congratulations to former PhD student Lucy Taylor for all the hard work. The paper focuses on how hard pigeons work to fly with just one other bird, and why this might be. You can read it here!



11 06 2019

Cecylia did a great job of presenting her work (poster and talk) at the RHUL Symposium, all about the interactions between spatial memory, personality and metabolism in birds.



Leverhulme starts and welcome Marie

7 06 2019

Our Leverhulme funded egg project starts next week, in collaboration with James Bowen at the Open University and the egg collection at the Natural History Museum Tring. We’re delighted to welcome postdoc Marie Attard to the lab group and to Royal Holloway (and thank you Leverhulme).

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Linnean Society Bicentenary Medal

25 05 2019

Dr Steve Portugal_Bicentenary Medal.jpgAbsolutely thrilled/shocked to have been awarded the Bicentenary Medal by the Linnean Society of London. Endless thanks to everyone I’ve worked with over the years, and those that have supported and guided me, and huge thanks to whomever took the time to nominate me.


Hawk Conservancy

21 05 2019

A great day at the Hawk Conservancy sorting summer projects – lots of loggers and flight work to come.

Paper accepted in Ecology and Evolution

11 05 2019

Great to have our paper accepted in Ecology and Evolution, about how wild geese respond to “supermoon” events. This was data collected back in 2000, and randomly decided to look back over it. Looking at heart rate and body temperature, the geese respond quite dramatically to “supermoon” events, providing the sky is clear and not cloudy! More to follow when the paper is published.