St John's College Oxford
Professor Theresa Burt de Perera

Professor Theresa Burt de Perera

Tutorial Fellow in Biological Sciences Tutor for Women

Biography

I teach vertebrate diversity and evolution to first years, and animal behaviour to second and third years on the Biological Science course.

Research Interests

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:

  1. how a representation of volumetric space is acquired and remembered;
  2. how spatial information is sensed and the way in which this constrains mechanisms of orientation;
  3. how the environment shapes what is learned.