We are based in Cornwall at the Penryn Campus of Exeter University, near Falmouth.
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Looking into doing an MRes?
There are various options in our group, especially for work on camouflage in shore animals. Please get in touch if you're interested.
November 26: New paper out on whether eyespots really do mimic predator eyes.
November 21: Play our new camouflage game! This time, see if you can find the hidden bird nests.
November 14: PhD opportunity in our group on: Impacts of climate change on intertidal species, camouflage and predation. Co-supervised with Steve Widdicombe at Plymouth Marine Lab.
October 25: A new paper is out - a book review for Animal Behaviour of Diamond and Bond's 'Concealing Coloration in Animals'.
October 23: The BBSRC are making a film about our work on camouflage in birds and predation. That will come out soon, but in the mean time here's a trailer.
October 22: New paper out! It's a short introduction article on cuckoos and other avian brood parasites for Current Biology.
October 17: Martin gave a talk at the Falmouth Aquarium on camouflage in rockpool animals.
October 1: Our cuckoo finch paper is also covered by the New York Times.
October 1: Emmanuelle Briolat has started her PhD in our group! It's on warning signals and honesty of prey defences. She'll move to Cornwall in March after her first lab placement.
September 25: Our new paper on cuckoo finches is being covered by a range of media places, including on the BBC.
September 24: Our new paper is out in Nature Communications! It shows that cuckoo finches use mimicry and repeatedly laying eggs in the same host nest to confuse hosts and reduce the likelihood of rejection.
September 24: Jolyon and Jared are in Zambia and in the first few days have nearly 40 nests already, including nightjars, plovers, and coursers!
September 15: Jolyon and Jared are on their way to Zambia and the nightjars for phase two of the bird camouflage and bird predation field season. They had a successful season in South Africa: 48 kittlitz's plover nests, 8 white-fronted, 11 blacksmith and 3 chestnut banded plovers!
September 10: New paper out in PLoS ONE showing detection and learning of camouflage strategies.
September 9: Welcome to Nikoletta Geltsch who joins our group for three months as a visiting PhD student working on cuckoo egg mimicry!
August 16: Check out our brand new website for our work on camouflage in birds!
August 16: We will be taking part in the Science in the Square event in Falmouth, where we will set up our new camouflage citizen science camouflage game 'find the nightjar'.
August 5: Our new field season in South Africa looking at plover camouflage has started well with Jolyon and Jared finding nests already. The first predation footage has been captured too. Have a look here.
July 29: Jolyon and Jared are heading off to South Africa and Zambia to start the new field seasons investigating camouflage in birds. Follow our Facebook and Twitter (@ProjectNightjar and @SensoryEcology) accounts for updates.
July 24: New paper published in Behavioral Ecology on camouflage and distractive markings.
July 17: Martin gave a Cafe Scientifique talk on 'How animals see the world' as part of the Penzance Literary Festival.
July 5: Jolyon Troscianko, Alice Lown, Anna Hughes, Jared Wilson-Aggarwal, Louisa Wood and Alexander Denton attended CamoCon 2013 in Bristol. Here they each did a 1 minute presentation.
June: Martin was featured in the June issue of Gardener's World Magazine when they ran a colour special. Here Martin discussed of the uses of colour in nature.
April 2: New paper on colour change and camouflage in ghost crabs out in Biol. J. Linn. Soc.
April: New paper out in Beh. Ecol. Sociobiol. on multimodal signalling in rhesus macaques with James Higham at NYU.
March 29: New paper out in TREE - a book review of Schaefer and Ruxton's Plant-Animal Communication (OUP).
March 18: New paper out in J. Evolutionary Biology with Devi Stuart-Fox (Melbourne) on throat colour polymorphism in dragon lizards.
March 5: New paper out in Functional Ecology with Jon Blount at CEC showing how diet affects warning signals in poison frogs.
March 1: Emmanuelle Briolat has been offered and accepted a BBSRC studentship on insect warning signals and honesty to join our group in October. Congratulations Emmanuelle!
February 22: Martin Stevens has been named as a 'Top Referee' for Proceedings B for 2012. The third time in five years!
February 13: New paper out in Proceedings B showing how chick diet affects adult plumage in the hihi
February 4: New Dispatches paper in Current Biology about recent work showing quail choose backgrounds that best camouflage their eggs
February 1-May 26: A new exhibition ‘Abbott Hanerson Thayer: A Beautiful Law of Nature’ will take place in Virginia from February 1 – May 26, 2013 outlining Thayer’s ideas about natural and military camouflage. See: National Sporting Library and Museum