Broadly my current research interests are in collective motion and decision-making. My DPhil is under the supervision of Dr Dora Biro and Dr Theresa Burt de Perera in the Oxford Navigation Group and focuses on exploring navigational leadership hierarchies in homing pigeons (Columba livia) and fish (Astyanax fasciatus). I aim to understand what factors determine the formation of leader/follower interactions and how robust the hierarchies that these interactions form are. With the growing advances in three-dimensional tracking (3D), I am interested in widening my interest in leadership hierarchies to include looking at their 3D spatial structure.
12 Week DTP Rotations
Both my Rotation Projects were carried out in the Zoology Oxford Navigation Group. My 1st Rotation Project was on distance estimation in fish, focusing on the potential use of optic flow, under the supervision of Dr Theresa Burt de Perera. My 2nd Rotation Project with Dr Dora Biro, was on the role navigational experience has on structuring the leadership hierarchies of homing pigeons (Columba livia).