Ollie Padget


Junior Research Fellow, St John's College


I have broad interests in the mechanisms underpinning animal behaviour, in particular how the behavioural processes that govern animals’ interactions with their environment work. Currently, my research focusses on how animals learn, encode and use spatial information to navigate and exploit resources in their environment. This combines theoretical and empirical work. For experimentation, I employ seabirds as models for animal navigation. Seabirds are nature’s greatest navigators, routinely traveling many thousands of miles on foraging trips during breeding. They are also long lived and so accumulate experience over their lives, potentially allowing us to examine the ontogeny and, through manipulations and natural experiments, the functionality of their cognitive representation of space.


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  • Natal imprinting to the Earth's magnetic field in a pelagic seabird.

    Wynn, J, Padget, O, Mouritsen, H, Perrins, C, Guilford, T
  • Gadfly petrels use knowledge of the windscape, not memorized foraging patches, to optimize foraging trips on ocean-wide scales.

    Ventura, F, Granadeiro, JP, Padget, O, Catry, P
  • Shearwaters know the direction and distance home but fail to encode intervening obstacles after free-ranging foraging trips.

    Padget, O, Stanley, G, Willis, JK, Fayet, AL, Bond, S, Maurice, L, Shoji, A, Dean, B, Kirk, H, Juarez-Martinez, I, Freeman, R, Bolton, M
    et al
  • Observation of nest visitation by multiple males in the European nightjar, Caprimulgus europeaus

    Padget, O, Morford, J, Ward, A, Zamora-Marin, JM, Zamora-Lopez, A, Leon-Ortega, M, Garcia-Castellanos, FA, Lowe, A
  • Long-term spatiotemporal stability and dynamic changes in helminth infracommunities of spiny mice (Acomys dimidiatus) in St. Katherine's Protectorate, Sinai, Egypt

    Behnke, JM, Bajer, A, Behnke-Borowczyk, J, Clisham, N, Gilbert, F, Glover, A, Jeffery, L, Kirk, J, Mierzejewska, EJ, Mills, SC, Mohallal, EME, Padget, O
    et al
  • Manx shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) rafting behaviour revealed by GPS tracking and behavioural observations.

    Richards, C, Padget, O, Guilford, T, Bates, AE
  • Spatial scales of marine conservation management for breeding seabirds

    Oppel, S, Bolton, M, Carneiro, APB, Dias, MP, Green, JA, Masello, JF, Phillips, RA, Owen, E, Quillfeldt, P, Beard, A, Bertrand, S, Blackburn, J
    et al
  • In Situ Clock Shift Reveals that the Sun Compass Contributes to Orientation in a Pelagic Seabird.

    Padget, O, Bond, SL, Kavelaars, MM, van Loon, E, Bolton, M, Fayet, AL, Syposz, M, Roberts, S, Guilford, T
  • Anosmia impairs homing orientation but not foraging behaviour in free-ranging shearwaters.

    Padget, O, Dell'Ariccia, G, Gagliardo, A, González-Solís, J, Guilford, T
  • Carry-over effects on the annual cycle of a migratory seabird: an experimental study.

    Fayet, AL, Freeman, R, Shoji, A, Kirk, HL, Padget, O, Perrins, CM, Guilford, T
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