Professor Tim Guilford

Tutor in Zoology, Professor of Animal Behaviour

My main current research interest is in the mechanisms of spatial cognition in animals: how they orient, how they migrate, and how they map their environment. Using homing pigeons as a model system my group has used miniature on-board GPS tracking devices to follow the tracks of free-ranging birds in exquisite detail, relating their navigational decisions to features of the underlying landscape. Recently I have developed similar techniques for studying the extraordinary ocean wandering lifestyles of procellariform seabirds (petrels and shearwaters) that breed both around European shores and those of the southern oceans.


Animal Behaviour, and Evolution. I teach on the BA Biology course, and the MSc in Integrative Bioscience.