New Centre for Doctoral Training in Synthetic Biology announced10 January 2014Postgraduate training in a wide range of engineering and scientific fields important to the UK’s economy received a boost this week when 19 new Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) were announced by Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts.
Funded PhD places available - deadline January 10th 201416 December 2013For details of schemes and projects visit the School's Postgraduate web pages: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/biology/courses/postgraduate/ including a list of projects by research area at: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/biology/courses/postgraduate/phd-research.html
MAD group organise international conference15 November 2013The Modelling Animal Decisions group are organising this year's Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour Winter Conference, which takes place on the 5th and 6th December at London Zoo. The topic is The Evolution of Behavioural Mechanisms.
BBSRC funds new genotyper8 November 2013Professor Keith Edwards has been awarded £326,000 by the BBSRC to purchase the latest generation of high-throughput genotyping technology.
Why some parents think your partner isn’t good enough19 September 2013It is common for parents to influence mate choice — from arranged marriages to more subtle forms of persuasion — but they often disagree with their children about what makes a suitable partner. A new study has found an evolutionary explanation for why some parents try to control who their children pair up with.
Professor Simon Hiscock elected Vice President of the Linnean Society5 September 2013On May 24 at the Anniversary Meeting of the Linnean Society Professor Simon Hiscock was elected to the Council of the Society and then immediately invited by the President, Professor Dianne Edwards CBE FRS, to become a Vice President. Simon will assume this role in October.
Epic ocean voyages of baby corals revealed21 August 2013For the first time, scientists have recreated the journeys of millimetre-sized baby coral through the world’s seas, suggesting some of these tiny adventurers may cross entire oceans. The study, by researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Miami, will help predict how coral reef distributions may change in response to changing oceans.
Solitary lemurs avoid danger with a little help from the neighbours19 July 2013An endangered species of Madagascan lemur uses the alarm calls of birds and other lemurs to warn it of the presence of predators, a new study by researchers from the University of Bristol and Bristol Zoo with the University of Torino has found. This is the first time this phenomenon has been observed in a solitary and nocturnal lemur species.
Female scientists campaign for change in gender inequality in science1 July 2013London’s Southbank will be transformed into a hub of scientific learning and discussion next Friday [5 July] as some of the UK’s leading female scientists take to their soapboxes to showcase science to the general public at an event co-founded by a University of Bristol researcher.
Genome of 700,000-year-old horse sequenced27 June 2013The oldest genome so far from a prehistoric creature has been sequenced by an international team, led by scientists from the Natural History Museum of Denmark (University of Copenhagen).
Illustrious Natural History filming in School of Biological Sciences19 June 2013Sir David Attenborough and his production team visited the School of Biological Sciences where they filmed experiments conducted in the labs of Prof Daniel Robert and Dr. Heather Whitney. More filming took place in Daniel's garden, where live experiments with bees were presented by Sir David.
Why animals compare the present with the past30 May 2013Humans, like other animals, compare things. We care not only how well off we are, but whether we are better or worse off than others around us, or than we were last year. New research by scientists at the University of Bristol shows that such comparisons can give individuals an evolutionary advantage.
Pilot awards to amplify impact28 May 2013Professor Richard Wall has received an award to accelerate the impact of his research. This award is part of a pilot funding scheme from Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) which have awarded five grants totalling £70,000 across four Schools.
Plants let chloroplasts know the time18 March 2013Plant cells communicate information about the time of day to their chloroplasts, the part of their cells that underpins all agricultural productivity on Earth, researchers at the University of Bristol have demonstrated in a study published today in Science.
Graduate School thriving4 March 2013 A host of new international scholars and holders of competitive PhD studentships will join the Graduate School of Biological Sciences in 2013/14
Widespread coverage for research on floral electrical fields22 February 2013Research by Professor Daniel Robert, Dr Heather Whitney and Dominic Clarke in the School of Biological Sciences which found that bees and flowers communicate using electrical fields was covered by The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, New Scientist, BBC News, Nature.com, The Australian, Le Figaro, German Public Radio, Globe and Mail (Canada) and other media around the world.
Acacia trees crucial to Israel's desert bats, study finds19 February 2013Greater conservation of threatened acacia trees is needed to preserve vulnerable species of rare insectivorous bats in Israel, according to new research by biologists at the University of Bristol. Dense areas of flourishing acacia trees are in decline due to increasing water stress and the encroachment of human activity into their ecosystem, but such trees represent the only habitat that supports some rare and endangered species of bat.
Orly Razgour wins three awards28 January 2013Orly Razgour was awarded the Vincent Weir Scientific Award in 2012 for her PhD research on the integrated conservation biology of a rare bat species, the grey long-eared bat.