News & Events

Here you can find some recent news and events, as well as a selection of recent papers and any new members that have joined the EGI.

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Bird Ringing Demonstration at Farmoor Res Oxon, 25th February 2012

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Most Recent Research Highlights

» Space matters: Great tits match their timing of breeding to the spring budburst of local oak trees, ensuring food supply for their nestlingsMay 22, 2015

Tit (Ella)A new paper in the American Naturalist by Amy Hinks, Ella Cole, Ben Sheldon and colleagues reveals that individual great tits are able to synchronise reproductive timing with the phenology of their local environment, thus maximising the number of caterpillars available for their young. By monitoring the spring bud development of every oak tree within a 28-hectare area of Wytham Woods, the authors show that the timing of budburst of individual trees is highly repeatable between years and a strong predictor of the date of peak caterpillar abundance on a given oak. Budburst date varied considerably across the study site, meaning that great tits in neighboring territories experience considerably different environments from one another. The date that a female began laying was best predicted by the timing of oak leaf emergence within the immediate vicinity of her nest (<50m). This demonstrates that great tits are able to fine-tune their breeding decisions based on information from their local environment. Read the paper here  and see press release here .  Media links to Science highlights here; Oxford University Science Blog here.

(Photo above was taken by Roy & Marie Battell)

Most Recent News Story

» Research Fellowships: Avian Behaviour, Ecology & Evolution (two positions available)May 12, 2015

Duration: 2 years, with the possibility of extension for a third in exceptional circumstances.  Salary: Grade 7: £30,434 – £37,394 p.a.

Up to two Research Fellowships are available to be held at the Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, from October 2015. The fellowships are open to applicants from any nationality, and in any area of research using birds as a model system to address questions in the broad fields of Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution. Preference will be given to candidates whose research integrates across two or more of these fields. Applications are invited from candidates with up to 4 years’ postdoctoral experience at 1 October 2015.  Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Ben Sheldon (  Deadline:  12.00 noon on Monday 22 June 2015.

Information on how to apply and further details can be obtained here.