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Dr Annette Fayet

Browne Junior Research Fellow in Biological Sciences


I grew up in France where I studied Physics, Chemistry and Engineering up to Master’s level at the ESPCI Paris before deciding to focus on biology. After a short stay in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge as a visiting student I came to Oxford to do an MSc in Integrative Bioscience, followed by a DPhil in the Oxford Navigation Group under Prof Tim Guilford’s supervision, as a BBSRC - Microsoft Research scholar. I am now taking up a Junior Research Fellowship at Queen’s while remaining a member of the Oxford Navigation Group.


I am a Stipendiary Lecturer in Biology at Merton College where I teach Quantitative Methods to undergraduates in Biological Sciences. I also give tutorials on this subject, as well as on a range of topics in Animal Behaviour, Animal Cognition and Behavioural Ecology, within the Department of Zoology.


My research mainly focuses on the spatial ecology and behaviour of pelagic seabirds. I am interested in trying to understand the behavioural and environmental drivers of seabirds’ movements – for example migration and foraging trips - as well as their adaptive significance and life-history consequences. To accomplish that, I combine field research using state-of-the-art miniature tracking loggers which are deployed on the birds to record their movements with advanced analytical techniques (e.g. machine learning) to identify the birds’ behaviour remotely. I mainly work on UK breeding seabirds (Manx shearwaters and Atlantic puffins) but I am currently developing projects on other species breeding in the Indian and Pacific Ocean.

The findings of my research also have conservation implications, and I collaborate with other researchers and NGOs to help inform conservation decisions such as the design of Marine Protected Areas.


Fayet AL, Shirai M, Matsumoto S, Van Tatenhove A, Yoda K & Shoji A. Differences in breeding success among neighbouring subcolonies correlate with egg size and quality of parental care in a nocturnal shearwater. Ornithological Science (in revision)

Van Tatenhove A, Fayet AL, Watanuki Y, Yoda K & A Shoji (2018) Streaked shearwater Calonectris leucomelas moonlight avoidance in response to low aerial predation pressure, and effects of wind speed and direction on colony attendance. Marine Ornithology 46: 177-185.

Oppel S, Bolton M, Carneiro APB, Dias MP, Green JA, Masello JF, Phillips RA, Owen E, Quillfeldt P, Beard A, et al. 2018. Spatial scales of marine conservation management for breeding seabirds. Marine Policy. 98:37–46.

Sztukowski LA, Cotton PA, Weimerskirch H, Thompson DR, Torres LG, Sagar PM, Knights AM, Fayet AL & SC Votier (2018) Sex differences in individual foraging site fidelity of Campbell albatross. MEPS 601: 227-238.

Padget O, Bond S, Kavelaars M, van Loon E, Bolton M, Fayet AL, Syposz M, Roberts S & T Guilford (2018) In-situ clock-shift reveals that the sun-compass contributes to orientation in a wild pelagic seabird. Current Biology 28(2):275-279

Tyson C, Kirk H, Fayet AL, Van Loon EE, Shoji A, Dean B, Perrins CM, Freeman R & T Guilford (2017) Coordinated provisioning in a pelagic seabird with variable foraging strategies. Animal Behaviour (in press)

Gibb R, Shoji A, Fayet AL, Perrins CM, Guilford T & Freeman R (2017) Remotely sensed wind speed predicts soaring behaviour in a wide-ranging pelagic seabird. Journal of The Royal Society Interface 14:20170262

Votier SC, Fayet AL, Bearhop S, Bodey TW, Clark BL, Grecian J, Guilford T, Hamer KC, Jeglinski JWE, Morgan G, Wakefield E & SC Patrick (2017) Effects of age and reproductive status on individual foraging site fidelity in a long-lived marine predator. Proceeding of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences 284:20171068.

Fayet AL, Shoji A, Freeman R, Perrins CM & T Guilford (2017) Within-pair similarity in migration route and female winter foraging effort predict pair breeding performance in a monogamous seabird. Marine Ecology Progress Series 569:243-252

Morley TI, Fayet AL, Jessopp H, Veron P, Veron M, Clark J & MJ Wood (2017) The seabird wreck in the Bay of Biscay and South-Western Approaches in 2014: a review of reported mortality. Seabird 29: 22-38

Fayet AL, Freeman R, Shoji A, Kirk H, Padget O, Perrins CM & T Guilford (2016) Carry-over effects on the annual cycle of a migratory seabird: an experimental study. Journal of Animal Ecology 85: 1516-1527

Johnstone R, Manica A, Fayet AL, Stoddard MC, Rodriguez-Girones M & C Hinde (2016) Evidence for conditional cooperation in biparental care systems? A response to Schlicht et al. 2016. Behavioral Ecology 27(3): e6-e7

Fayet AL, Freeman R, Boyle D, Shoji A, Dean B, Kirk H, Perrins CM & T Guilford (2016) Drivers and fitness consequences of dispersive migration in a pelagic seabird. (2016) Behavioral Ecology 27(4): 1061-1072

Shoji A, Aris-Brosou S, Owen E, Bolton M, Boyle D, Fayet AL, […] Freeman R, Perrins CM & T Guilford (2016) Foraging flexibility and search patterns are unlinked during breeding in a free-ranging seabird. Marine Biology 163 (4):1-10

Fayet AL, Freeman R, Shoji A, Padget, Perrins CM & T Guilford (2015) Lower efficiency in immatures drives spatial segregation with breeding adults in a long-lived pelagic seabird. Animal Behaviour 110:79-89

Shoji A, Aris-Brosou S, Culina A, Fayet AL, Kirk H, [...] Perrins CM & T Guilford (2015) Breeding phenology and winter activity predict subsequent breeding success in a trans-global migratory seabird. Biology Letters 11: 20150671

Dean B, Kirk H, Fayet AL, Shoji A, Freeman R, Leonard K, Perrins CM & T Guilford (2015) Simultaneous multi-colony tracking of a pelagic seabird reveals cross-colony utilization of a shared foraging area. MEPS 538: 239-248

Shoji A, Aris-Brosou S, Fayet AL, Padget O, Perrins CM & T Guilford (2015) Dual foraging and pair-coordination during chick provisioning by Manx shearwaters: empirical evidence supported by a simple model. JEB 218 (13): 2116-2123

Shoji A, Elliott K, Fayet AL, Perrins CM & T Guilford (2015) Foraging behaviour of sympatric razorbills and puffins. MEPS 520:257–267

Shoji A, Owen E, Bolton M, Dean B, Kirk H, Fayet AL, Boyle D, Freeman R, Perrins CM, Aris-Brosou S & T Guilford (2014) Flexible foraging strategies in a diving seabird with high flight cost. Marine Biology 191 (9):2121-2129

Shoji A, Elliott KH, Greenwood JG, McClean L, Leonard K, Perrins CM, Fayet AL  & T Guilford (2015) Diving behaviour of benthic feeding Black Guillemots. Bird Study 62:217–222

Fayet AL, Tobias J, Hintze R & N Seddon (2014) Dispersal and immigration are key determinants of cultural diversity in a songbird population. Behavioral Ecology 25 (4):744-753

Johnstone R, Manica A, Fayet AL, Stoddard MC, Rodriguez-Girones M & C Hinde (2014). Reciprocity and conditional cooperation between great tit parents. Behavioral Ecology 25 (1):216-222

Fayet AL, Boyle D, Freeman R, Shoji A, Perrins CM & T Guilford (2013) Tracking the migration of Atlantic puffins on    Skomer Island. Birds in Wales 10 (1):48-57

Stoddard MC, Fayet AL, Kilner R & C Hinde (2012). Speckling is not sexy: egg patterns do not advertise offspring quality or influence male provisioning. PLoS ONE (7) 7

Guilford T, Wynn R, McMinn M, Rodriguez A, Fayet AL, Maurice L, Jones A & R Meier (2012) Geolocators reveal migration and pre-breeding behaviour of the critically endangered Balearic shearwater. PLoS ONE (7) 3