Sir David Attenborough opens world-class Life Sciences building 6 October 2014 Britain's best-known natural history film-maker Sir David Attenborough has officially opened the University of Bristol’s new £56.5 million Life Sciences building.
  • The MAD group start the year with two new postdocs 19 January 2015
  • New £580k EPSRC camouflage grant 7 January 2015 Innes 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".
  • Woodhoopoe work on cover of Current Biology 22 December 2014 New work showing that bird battles promote unity on the front line is featured on the front cover of Current Biology this month.
  • Sophie Nedelec wins Alumni Foundation Student Award 19 December 2014 Sophie 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 coloration 17 December 2014 A 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 Festival 27 November 2014 Last 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 threats 13 November 2014 Just 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 Europe 12 November 2014 Shark 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 Colours 22 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.
  • New study to discover why plants tell the time 21 October 2014 An exciting new project in the laboratory of Dr Antony Dodd will investigate how biological clocks adapt plants to their environment.
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