Professor Theresa Burt de Perera

Associate Professor of Zoology and Head of the Aquatic Navigation Group; Fellow of St John's College


Professor Burt de Perera's group studies how individuals sense, learn and remember information from their local environments and the way that they use this information to navigate efficiently. She is particularly interested in how fish navigate in three dimensions (a skill that is difficult for AI systems and humans) and studies this problem in three broad but overlapping streams of research that aim to discover: 1) how a representation of volumetric space is acquired and remembered; 2) how spatial information is sensed and the way in which this constrains mechanisms of orientation; 3) how the environment shapes what is learned.

She is Secretary to the Animal Navigation Group of the Royal Institute of Navigation, and a L'Oreal UK Women in Science Fellow.