The Shearwater’s World

Professor Tim Guilford, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

Shearwaters are amongst the most elusive creatures on earth, spending most of their lives far out to sea and coming on land only to breed.  From navigating trans-global migrations to understanding the threats to their future existence, Professor Tim Guilford will introduce us into the shearwater’s world, unravelling the mechanisms by which they map the environments through which they travel. What cues do these birds use to navigate home across familiar areas? What do their maps look like? How versatile is the spatial knowledge they store?

It will be a fascinating talk!