Tick Top30 November 2009At a recent joint meeting in Dublin of the Irish Society for Parasitology and the British Association for Veterinary Parasitology, the first prize for best research talk by a postgraduate student was won by Faith Smith for her presentation: Prevalence and distribution of ticks on dogs in the UK.
Bristol student team triumphs at MIT13 November 2009An interdisciplinary team of students from the University of Bristol went head-to-head with 111 other teams at a prestigious international competition in the field of synthetic biology – and came away with a gold medal and a prize for Best Model.
Public Engagement Ambassadors10 November 2009Michael Pocock and Chris Thorogood from the School of Biological Sciences were recently awarded bursaries to attend Bristol's Communicate conference as Public Engagement Ambassadors. These highly competitive bursaries gave Michael and Chris the opportunity to contribute, as scientists, to setting the agenda for the communication of science and environmental issues to the public.
Mantis shrimps could show us the way to a better DVD25 October 2009The remarkable eyes of a marine crustacean could inspire the next generation of DVD and CD players, according to new research from the University of Bristol published today in Nature Photonics.
Major breakthrough could lead to new antibiotics for human use14 October 2009The means to fully understand and exploit a type of fungus that could form the basis of a new class of antibiotics has been developed by researchers at the University of Bristol. With certain strains of bacteria becoming resistant to existing drugs, there is a growing need to find new sources of antibiotics.
Professor Steve Morris17 August 2009The School is shocked and deeply saddened to report the death of Professor Steve Morris. We lose a colleague and friend, a passionate teacher and researcher; science loses a world expert on the physiological adaptations of animals to extreme environments. He leaves behind his wife, Maria, and three children; our thoughts and wishes are with them.
NERC grant awarded to sequence the Senecio genome30 July 2009Professor Simon Hiscock and Dr Matthew Hegarty (now at IBERS), in collaboration with researchers at the Universities of Oxford (Dmitry Filatov) and St. Andrews (Richard Abbott) have been awarded a research grant of nearly £1.1 million by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to carry out the first extensive evolutionary genetic analysis of the genome of Senecio, a plant genus that includes the invasive alien Oxford ragwort.
Conservation Physiology highlighted in New Scientist27 July 2009Work on land crabs of Christmas Island by Professor Steve Morris, Dr Ute Postel and Lucy Turner of the Integrative & Environmental Physiology Lab, together with Professor Simon Webster (Bangor) was selected for highlight by New Scientist.
Street lighting disturbs commuting bats29 June 2009New research published in Current Biology gives the first evidence of a negative effect of light pollution on the commuting behaviour of a threatened bat species.
Postgraduate Student awarded the Acorn Ecology Prize21 April 2009Congratulations to Emma Stone, a postgraduate student in the School of Biological Sciences, who was awarded the Acorn Ecology Prize for the best student presentation at the Easter Conference of the Mammal Society at the University of Winchester.
Conference success in Kenya19 January 2009Organized by Professor Steve Morris together with Dr André Vosloo (University KwaZulu-Natal, S. Africa) the MARA 2008 conference, "Molecules to Migration: Pressures of Life"; took >300 delegates to the Maasai Mara National Reserve for a week-long meeting and facilitated the attendance of 23 indigenous African colleagues.
New NERC Grant awarded to Dr Jon Bridle8 January 2009Dr Jon Bridle has been awarded a NERC grant entitled "Testing limits to adaptation: when and why does adaptation fail in response to ecological change?".
Spookfish uses mirrors for eyes8 January 2009A remarkable new discovery by Professor Julian Partridge and his colleagues shows the four-eyed spookfish to be the first vertebrate ever found to use mirrors, rather than lenses, to focus light in its eyes. The research will be published this month in Current Biology.
Student's paper makes the front cover of prestigious journal6 January 2009A paper by Angharad (Harry) Jones, whose PhD was supervised by Dr Colin Lazarus and Dr Claire Grierson, features this week on the front cover of Nature Cell Biology. Harry's work has shown for the first time that the growth of root hair cells requires the sustained delivery of the growth regulator, auxin, by neighbouring cells.