Currently, our group comprises 7 PhD students (Dan, Jenny, Stephanie, Sam, Cecylia, Jack and Lucy), 2 MSc students (Tayla and Molly), a Research Assistant (Lara) and myself (PI). I also co-supervise PhD students Rosa Gleave and Baptiste Garde (Swansea).



Portugal Group


Dan Sankey


Dan’s PhD is investigating how physiology and individual personality traits interact with collective behaviour in birds.

Email: Daniel.Sankey.2016 at

Sam Jones

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Sam’s PhD research broadly investigates the physiological and behavioural underpinnings of avian species turnover in tropical mountains. This primarily focuses on the relationship between interspecific aggression and physiology, and its subsequent behavioural consequences. Approaches focus on behavioural and physiological techniques, studying species turnover of Nightingale-Thrushes (Catharus sp.) in Central America that have parapatric distributions and abut at ‘contact zones’ at the edges of their elevational ranges. (funded by NERC).

Email: Samuel.Jones.2016 at

Stephanie McClelland

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Stephanie is researching the physiology behind avian brood parasites. (funded by NERC).

Stephanie.Mcclelland.2018 at

Jenny Cantlay

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Jenny is studying the sensory ecological basis behind avian collisions with man-made objects. (funded by NERC and the RSPB).

Jennifer.Cantlay.2018 at

Miranda Reynolds



Rhianna Ricketts


Email: Rhianna.Ricketts.2014@live.rhu


Lucy Taylor


Lucy is a PhD student I co-supervise, based in the Animal Behaviour Research Group as part of the University of Oxford’s Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) programme, funded by BBSRC. Lucy’s primary supervisor is Dr Dora Biro, and we are working together on physiological and behavioural aspects of group living in pigeons.


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