Paper accepted in Proc Roy Soc B

7 05 2021

Thrilled that our paper titled “Climate variability and parent nesting strategies influence gas exchange across avian eggshells” has been accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. A huge congratulations and thank you to postdoc Marie, and thanks to the Leverhulme for funding the work.





Paper out in Functional Ecology

5 05 2021

Our new paper, very much led by Prof. Craig White, is now out in Functional Ecology. You can read it here:

https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1365-2435.13807





Mini lab do

25 04 2021

Was great to be able to meet up with half the lab for a social, for the first time in 8 months. Looking forward to the social with the other half, before hopefully in June all being able to get together.





Paper accepted in Current Biology

13 04 2021

Huge congratulations to former PhD student Dan Sankey, whose paper “Absence of “selfish-herd” dynamics in bird flocks under threat” has been accepted in Current Biology. This was very much Dan’s brainchild, and we collaborated with Prof. Charlotte Hemelrijk and team. Our paper uses a robotic peregrine falcon to investigate how bird flocks respond to threat. More details to follow.





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:

https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/research-and-teaching/research/research-excellence/seminar-sessions/





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).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7rj8JvxLrk&feature=youtu.be