I teach vertebrate diversity and evolution to first years, and animal behaviour to second and third years on the Biological Science course.
Feats of animal navigation fascinate lay people and scientists alike,
and are often key to animals’ survival and success. My work focuses on
how individuals sense, learn and remember information from their local
environments and the way that they use this information to orient
efficiently. I am particularly interested in how fish navigate in three
dimensions (a skill that is difficult for AI systems and humans). I
study this problem in three broad, but overlapping streams of research
that aim to discover:
- how a representation of volumetric space is
acquired and remembered;
- how spatial information is sensed and the
way in which this constrains mechanisms of orientation;
- how the environment shapes what is learned.