Currently, our group comprises 1 Postdoc (Marie), 7 PhD students (Dan, Jenny, Stephanie, Sam, Cecylia, Hana and Jack), 1 MSc student (Eleanor),  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

Jackal Buzzard & Sam - Elgin - 01.2011_8.jpeg

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

Steph pic

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

Stephanie.Mcclelland.2018 at

Jenny Cantlay

Jenny profile photo

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

Jennifer.Cantlay.2018 at

Jack Thirkell 

Jack.Thirkell.2018 at

Marie Attard


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