Natalia Pérez-Campanero Antolín

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DPhil student in Interdisciplinary Biosciences
BBSRC-funded Interdiciplinary Bioscience DTP


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Academic interests

I am a DPhil student working in the Animal Flight Group of Oxford's Department of Zoology . During my DPhil, I aim to reach a systems-level understanding of how birds use visual, vestibular and proprioceptive cues to guide their flight. Birds have a remarkable ability to rapidly yet safely fly through cluttered environments, a feat yet unmatched by man-made objects, and I hope to pinpoint which elements of their sensory systems allow them to do this. The focus of my research is thus on the goal-oriented behaviours of obstacle avoidance, gap negotiation and, to a lesser extent, perching. I will be carrying out my studies in a new state-of-the-art motion capture suite using the well-studied Zebra Finch ("the ultimate Australian supermodel") as a model organism. The wealth of neurobiological literature and genetic information on this species will help further inform my research.

Prior to my DPhil, I completed my undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford, during which I carried out a research project on the social influence of perceptual decision making in Dr Kristine Krug's lab. This gave me some insight into neuroscience from a psychological and medical perspective, as well as experience with working with human participants, both of which have contricuted to my understanding of how our sensory systems and the way sensory information is processed affect our behaviour.

In brief: Animal Behaviour (Ethology), Neurobiology, Biomechanics.

Science beyond academia

I am passionate about creating impact through science, whether that be through outreach, enterprise, teaching or any other form. As an education enthusiast, and in my role as a STEM Ambassador, I have strived to achieve this goal by participating in outreach events such as Science Exhibitions (including Royal Society and Science Museum Late Exhibitions), outreach programs run both by the university and externally (such as UNIQ) and promoting networks of international students at top educational institutions through Project Access.


DPhil Interdisciplinary Biosciences
St John's College, University of Oxford
2016-2020 (expected)
BA Biological Sciences (1st class honours)
St John's College, University of Oxford
International Baccalaureate
Hockerill Anglo-European College

Previous research experience

Conferences attended