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Sunday, February 22, 2004
 
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"name: Jessica Meade
status: D.Phil
supervisor: Tim Guilford

I am currently in the ABRG in the first year of my D Phil. I am studying the orientation of homing pigeons using newly miniaturized GPS receivers. GPS stands for Global Positioning System and the receivers make use of satellite signals to give readings of longitude, latitude and altitude. The readings are precise to � 5m and are made every second so tracks of very high spatial and temporal acuity can be recorded. The tracks can be superimposed on to topographical maps to illustrate precisely where ea pigeon has flown. Using this technology, and experimental techniques such as clock-shifting, I aim to investigate the use of visual landmarks and to look into how birds correct their routes when experimentally manipulated to fly in the wrong direction."

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