Episode 23: Trash Talk: the effect of urbanisation and agriculture on animal diseases

Human activities can dramatically alter the types, abundance, and distribution of resources—such as food—available to wildlife. A growing number of studies indicate that resources produced in human-dominated environments can alter the interactions between pathogens and their hosts, leading to either increased or decreased infection risk for wildlife and humans. In a recent paper out in Ecology […]

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Stress is cool

How do we know if an animal is stressed? This unpleasant state is not reserved for humans, and if possible we would like to minimise the stress experienced by the animals around us. Traditionally, we have relied on measuring hormones in the blood to know if an animal is in a stressful state, but this […]

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Episode 22: Small, beautiful and wet: researching freshwater invertebrate communities

What happens to a river when it is polluted or invaded by non-native species? Can they be restored to their previous state or are the communities and functional groups permanently altered? How does the ecology change? These are the questions driving University of Glasgow and IBIS researcher Dr Jennifer Dodd. An aquatic ecologist “with a […]

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Episode 21: Diving into the past – Understanding the diving behaviour of tropical seals across time

Jana Jeglinski (University of Glasgow) and Markus Horning (Oregon State University) both studied the diving behaviour of Galapagos fur seals (Arctocephalus galapagoensis) during PhDs conducted twenty years apart. Although the technology changed in the intervening years, baseline data recording how long and how deep these seals’ dive provide a unique opportunity to compare their diving […]

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The path of most resistance

Lurking in the digestive tracts of grazing livestock, parasitic nematodes exact a brutal toll on agriculture. For a long time they have been treated and controlled with a group of drugs known as anthelmintics. However, many of these drugs no longer work effectively because the parasites have developed resistance to them. Here, post-doctoral researcher Dr […]

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Episode 20 – Where the land runs forever: Fifty years studying the Serengeti ecosystem

Known for its vastness and incredible wildebeest migration, the Serengeti ecosystem in East Africa continues to captivate both tourists and scientists alike. Professor Tony Sinclair of the University of British Columbia joins Laurie Baker to talk about how his interest in biology at a young age sparked a lifetime studying the history and biology of one […]

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Episode 19 – Ecology of Ageing and Immunity, Interview with Mark Haussmann and Simon Babayan

In this instalment of Naturally Speaking Shorts we present a double-interview as Shaun Killen chats with Prof Mark Haussmann (Bucknell University) and Dr Simon Babayan (University of Glasgow). Mark studies the physiological and ecological factors underlying ageing in animals, while Simon studies how ecology interacts with the mechanics of the immune system in wild and laboratory […]

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