Prize success at Symposium

31 03 2021

Big Congratulations to Steph and Cecylia for winning the top prizes at this years RHUL Biology Symposium. Nice one to Jack, Hana and Rosa who also gave great talks. Last week, Master’s students Amaia, Sam and Ceri delivered fantastic presentations as part of our weekly EEB series.

Paper accepted in Royal Society Open Science

31 03 2021

Congratulations PhD student Baptiste Garde (Swansea University, primary supervisor Emily Shepard) on getting your paper accepted in Royal Society Open Science, and thanks for including me in the work. All about protean movements in pigeons. More details to follow.

Paper accepted in Functional Ecology

1 03 2021

Congratulations and thank you to Prof. Craig White (Monash) for getting his paper accepted today in Functional Ecology, and for involving me in the work. It’s a very important piece of work, showing that geographic bias in existing data sets limits our capacity to predict organismal responses in the vast areas of the planet that are unstudied, and that this geographic bias is a much greater source of uncertainty than the difference between the current climate and the projected future climate.

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).