New funded PhD in Flight

11 01 2017

We have a new funded PhD studentship, funded through ERC grant success by Emily Shepard at Swansea University. Emily is the Primary Supervisor, and myself and Luca Borger are co-supervisors. The project is all about how weather affects the costs of flight in birds. More details can be found here in the findaphd advert. Any informal enquiries should be directed to Emily. Deadline is February 10th. screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-09-36-27

New museum photographs

21 12 2016

We’ve been busy getting our museum collection professionally photographed for new educational and outreach purposes.

Pigeon plans

17 12 2016

Co-supervisors Emily Shepard and Dora Biro spent Friday at Royal Holloway discussing experiments and plans for Dan Sankey’s PhD. Lots of good discussions and mince pies.


MSc Graduation

17 12 2016

Congratulations Rebecca McGoran on graduating from your Masters with a Distinction, for your work with the Siamese Fighting Fish. rm

Vulture vision paper accepted

10 12 2016


Our paper on white-headed vulture vision has been accepted in Ibis. This paper shows how these vultures show visual field characteristics of hunting raptors, which fits evidence from the field that this vulture species does not just feed on carrion, but rather captures live prey.

Biology Letters

9 12 2016

Thrilled to be invited to join the Biology Letters Editorial Board, and look forward to starting in the New Year.


Pigeon paper accepted

2 12 2016

Our paper on social networks, dominance and perch choice in pigeons and cormorants has been accepted for publication in Ibis. This paper contains lots of Undergraduate project data, which is great. More information to follow.