New £580k EPSRC camouflage grant7 January 2015Innes Cuthill, Nick Scott-Samuel and Roland Baddeley (both Experimental Psychology) have been awarded an EPSRC grant of £590k for "The Camouflage Machine: optimising patterns for camouflage and visibility".
Sophie Nedelec wins Alumni Foundation Student Award19 December 2014Sophie Nedelec has won an Alumni Foundation Student Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to public engagement and widening participation, especially among school children, throughout her time in Bristol.
Distance-dependent defensive coloration17 December 2014A new study by Bristol University's CamoLab shows that animal camouflage and warning colours can be combined to send different information to predators at different distances.
Electric Bees at Great British Bioscience Festival27 November 2014Last weekend, thousands of visitors flocked to the Great British Bioscience Festival to discover how bioscience fuels us, feeds us and keeps us healthy. Twenty interactive exhibits from across the UK fascinated and inspired visitors, as they had the chance to conduct their own experiments, play games and even walk through a giant colon.
Mongoose sentinels respond flexibly to threats13 November 2014Just as soldiers on sentry duty constantly adjust their behaviour to match the current threat level, dwarf mongoose sentinels exhibit flexible decision-making in relation to predation risk, new research from the University of Bristol has shown.
A Tale of Two Seas: Last Ice Age has shaped Sharks across Europe12 November 2014Shark populations in the Mediterranean are highly divided, as concluded by international team of scientists, led by Dr Andrew Griffiths of the University of Bristol. Many previous studies on sharks suggest they move over large distances. But catsharks in the Mediterranean Sea appear to move and migrate much less, as shown by this study, published today in the new journal Royal Society Open Science. This can have important implications for conserving and managing sharks more widely, suggesting they may be more vulnerable to over-fishing than previously thought.
A New Understanding of How Animals Produce Structural Colours22 October 2014“All that glitters is not gold” - William Shakespeare - The Merchant of Venice
A new paper from the Visual Ecology Group has discovered that there is a universal explanation for why many animals appear a dazzling metallic colour or a mirror like silver.