My PhD is funded by the Great Heritage Studentship, under the primary supervision of Dr Richard Holland. My research focusses on how pigeons navigate in the familiar area, in terms of which environmental cues are used and how they are integrated. Using techniques and theory from the field of human psychology (with Dr Simon Watt from Bangor's Psychology department as my sedcondary supervisor), I am investigating how introducing conflicts between environmental cues influences how cues are integrated during homing flights. The aims of this project are:
- Investigate the influence of cue conflict on cue integration in a field setting
- Develop an experimental arena setting where individual cue access can be controlled
- Study the accuracy of navigation using individual vs multiple cues
- Investigate how the lateralisation of the avian visual system influences cue use and integration.
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