My research interests primarily surround how animals use their sensory systems to control their movement through 3D space. I am particularly interested in how visual information is collected by birds and then used to command flight manoeuvres.
My doctoral thesis, under the supervision of Prof Graham Taylor, explores the role of vision in obstacle avoidance, gap negotiation and perching. I study these goal-oriented behaviours in zebra finches, a well-studied model species, which I hope will allow me to draw links to the neurobiological and cognitive basis of such behaviours. As part of this research, I have also worked alongside Dr David Perkel at the University of Washington to investigate the relative contributions of the vestibular and visual systems to stabilising perching.