Whilst my core research is in behavioural ecology, my research interests span physiology to population ecology. This is inevitable, as behaviour evolves in response to selection pressures from both interactions with other individuals ('ecology') and the nature of the mechanisms producing the behaviour ('physiology', 'psychology'). Many of the most exciting avenues of research on behaviour lie at the interface between 'classical' behavioural ecology and other disciplines: for example, integrating functional and mechanistic explanations of behaviour, or integrating individual decisions with population processes.
Specific research interests include; animal coloration, particularly defensive coloration such as camouflage; colour vision in birds; computational methods for identifying animals; the influence of the light environment on avian welfare; sexual selection and mate choice in birds and fish; energetic state, signalling, daily routines and dynamic games; parental care and the evolution of mating systems in birds; learning, risk-taking behaviour and foraging; biostatistics.
Much of my research has a high public profile, having been featured in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Economist, Science News (USA), Journale de Genève (Switzerland), Equinox magazine (Canada), Focus magazine (Germany), the BBC’s Science Now and Natural History Programme (Radio 4), Discovery Channel and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. I have done many interviews for all these media.