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.
Experiment on the ultrasonic hearing of pet cats on TV21 October 2014With equipment and training from Professor Gareth Jones and PhD student Andy Wakefield, the makers of the recent BBC series 'Cat Watch 2014: The New Horizon Experiment' successfully conducted an experiment whereby cats were shown to locate a hidden speaker emitting ultrasonic mouse calls undetectable to their owners.
The evolution of acoustic communication in fossil and extant insects6 October 2014Fernando Montealegre-Z (Lincoln), Daniel Robert and Kate Robson-Brown (Archeology at UoB) have been awarded a £250k grant by the Leverhulme Trust. Entitled "The evolution of acoustic communication in fossil and extant insects", this award will enable research into the mechanisms of acoustic communication in bushcrickets, investigating the biomechanics of both sound reception and production.
Deceptive Iridescence1 October 2014Heather Whitney, Innes Cuthill and Nick Scott-Samuel (Experimental Psychology) have been awarded £768k from the BBSRC for a 3-year grant investigation ‘Deceptive Iridescence’.
Bristol and Kyoto Plant Sciences come together1 October 2014An exciting relationship is developing between plant scientists in Bristol and Kyoto Universities as a consequence of the Bristol-Kyoto Partnership. Last week, the University of Bristol welcomed 15 academics and PhD students from Kyoto University to a scientific workshop involving plant biologists from the two universities. Whilst the workshop included scientific presentations, the main focus was a variety of types of networking events designed to develop and cement scientific connections between academics in the two institutions. An agreement was also signed between Prof. Simon Hiscock, Director of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden and Prof. Minoru Tamura of Kyoto University Botanic Garden, which will lead to a sharing of knowledge and materials between the two gardens. The workshop was held in the brand new £56m Bristol Life Sciences Building.
Bats change strategy when food is scarce5 September 2014Bats could be more flexible in their echolocation behaviour than previously thought, according to a new study into the foraging techniques of the desert long-eared bat by researchers at the University of Bristol.
Raising support for unique lemur study10 June 2014A University of Bristol PhD student is aiming to raise money to undertake the first ever long-term study of one of the rarest lemurs in the world - the Sahamalaza Sportive Lemur.
'Wild Flowers of the Algarve' published9 May 2014Chris Thorogood and Simon Hiscock have (finally) published their flora of the Algarve: A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Algarve (Kew Publishing).
Invertebrate of the Year: Top-Gear Planthopper7 January 2014The School of Biological Sciences is pleased to announce that Dr Gregory Sutton and Dr Heather Whitney's paper has been declared by Science to be the 'Invertebrate of the year' paper.
Nature's Images of the Year6 January 2014Biological Sciences Demonstrator, Dominic Clarke has had one of his images chosen as one of 'Nature's' images of the year!