At the Helm of chronobiology Why do we wake up early on our days off? Or notice it is almost lunchtime after our stomachs emit a rumble of hunger? Like all living organisms we have clocks inside us—internal timing mechanisms that guide everything from fine scale molecular processes to seasonal migrations. The study of these […]Read more "Episode 31 – At the Helm of chronobiology"
Tiger attacks are one of the rarer fieldwork safety concerns here at the Institute, but they were a serious consideration for PhD student Swapan Kumar Sarker. Swapan’s research focuses on spatial analysis of biodiversity in the Bangladeshi Sundarban, the worlds largest continuous mangrove forest and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Already an accomplished researcher, with a […]Read more "The Sundarban World Heritage Mangrove Forest demands immediate conservation"
Earth, Wind, Water, Fire. . . and Competition? Understanding tree community dynamics across the savanna landscape. Have you ever wondered why trees grow in some areas but not in others? In the African savanna landscape, this pattern may be explained with a little help from the natural elements and ecological relationships. Professor Ricardo Holdo of […]Read more "Episode 30 – Earth, Wind, Water, Fire. . . and Competition?"
Are humans changing the course of evolution in wild fish populations? A new study making media waves today provides tantalizing evidence of a mechanism by which this may happen. In our new Naturally Speaking Reports, one of our editors caught up with Institute Senior Research Fellow Shaun Killen, the author of the study, to find out more about […]Read more "The ones that get away—does intensive fishing make fish harder to catch?"
In this week’s episode we revisit the topic that we examined in our first ever episode of Naturally Speaking—the dreaded PhD viva (also known as the defence in some countries). This is the final oral examination faced by PhD students before they can be awarded their degree. This episode features a panel discussion with Prof Neil Metcalfe, […]Read more "Episode 29 – How to Survive Your Viva, Revisited"
Summer can be a quiet time around the Institute with many of our researchers out in the field collecting data, away at conferences, or off on holiday. So, before we get back to our usual programme of stimulating research—and you are in for some treats soon—we thought we would kick back and take it easy with some cake. […]Read more "Caking it easy"
Globally around one billion people are infected by parasitic nematodes, and their impact on livestock can be devastating. For millennia, parasites and hosts have been locked in an evolutionary war, an arms race with ever changing goal posts. However, scientists are using modern technology to bring new weapons to the fore. Here, Naturally Speaker James […]Read more "Episode 28 – At war with worms: an interview with nematode parasitologist Collette Britton"