25 03 2020

Research has of course stopped due to the virus outbreak, but the pigeons still need feeding and watering. Thankfully this is walking distance from home, and doesn’t involve going inside buildings etc. It’s great to spend some peaceful time with the birds.

Current Biology Primer out

9 03 2020

You can read it here: https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(20)30013-0 

Fieldwork few Weeks

8 03 2020

It’s been a busy few weeks, with various lab members spread around the world undertaking fieldwork. Marie has been in California working at the Western Foundation for Vertebrate Zoology, collecting new and exciting eggshell samples. Steph has been in Zambia working out at Claire Spottiswoode’s fieldsite, getting more metabolic data from whydah eggs. Jack and Eleanor has been based in Pretoria at Nigel Bennett’s lab, studying mole rat physiology and biomechanics.

As always we’re massively grateful to all our collaborators. And congratulations to former lab member Dan Sankey, who has just started a postdoc at the University of Exeter.

(photos taken by various members of the lab group)

Welcome new PhD student – Hana Merchant

24 01 2020

We’re thrilled to welcome Hana Merchant to the lab group. Hana’s PhD will be focusing on mole rat speciation, morphology and physiology. Hana’s funded by NERC and is co-supervised by Chris Faulkes at QMUL.

HM pic

Primer in Current Biology

22 01 2020

I have a Primer coming out shortly in Current Biology, all about aerial flocking in birds. More to follow.


Congrats Sam!

8 12 2019

Congratulations Sam, who passed his viva with minor corrections. Many thanks to Rudy and Alex for acting as examiners.

Congrats Dan!!!!

28 11 2019

Huge Congratulations to Dan Sankey who aced his viva and got minor revisions. And a thank you to Vincent and Alex for acting as his examiners. Dan is now off to do a postdoc at Exeter on mongoose group behaviour.


Blog on recent paper

25 11 2019

Sam has written an interesting blog on our recent paper published in Ibis, you can read about it here!


Lab Social

15 11 2019

We had a fun evening out eating a lot food and enjoying some comedy. Thanks Jack for organising.


Mole Rat Meeting

15 11 2019

An exciting day discussing future projects and all things mole rat, with Chris Faulkes and QMUL collaborators.