Evolution plays a central role in the field of zoology, with new questions to be chased and an ever expanding field of research. In this Naturally Speaking Short, Karen Hotopp (@KarenHotopp) interviews visiting researcher Professor Walter Salzburger of the University of Basel, and asks him about his research on adaptive radiation and the colourful cichlids […]Read more "Evolution unwrapped: Investigating diversity with Walter Salzburger"
SCENE has been a part of many collaborations over the years, including the IBIS project, which is coming to an end this summer. IBIS spanned Ireland and Scotland, creating many opportunities for high quality research focusing on freshwater and marine environments. Masters student Angus Lothian is hoping to carry on that tradition as he travels […]Read more "Tracking salmon from the journals to the sea"
“Technology provides the tools and biology the problems” – Stanley Fields Episode 38: Sparking ideas-the creative minds building bioelectronics for biologists Scientific advances depend not only on novel ideas and conceptual leaps, but also to a large extent on technological advances. Most scientists use some form of […]Read more "Episode 38: Sparking ideas—the creative minds building bioelectronics for biologists"
SCENE has been home to many research projects over the years. While many of these have been short studies focused on individual researchers’ interests, some study systems have provided a wealth of possibilities leading to decades of detailed and diverse research projects. One such system is the blue tit population inhabiting the woodlands around the […]Read more "Birds and Trees: Doing Research in SCENE’s woodlands"
During the course of research at the Institute, our staff and students are often rewarded with truly stunning views of the natural world. So it’s perhaps no surprise that a common hobby among our researchers is amateur photography! Together with the Glasgow Natural History Society (GNHS), the Institute runs an annual PhotoSCENE competition to find the best images snapped from […]Read more "Naturally beautiful: PhotoSCENE 2016 winners gallery"
It is hard to envisage the world without technology, one in which we are still reliant on working animals for transport and agriculture. Yet, in those parts of the Global South where mechanisation is largely absent, millions of horses and donkeys remain heavily relied upon. However, across Sub-Saharan Africa an unrelenting parasitic disease—trypanosomosis—besets these working […]Read more "Crazy donkeys and wobbly horses: investigating equine central nervous system trypanosomosis in The Gambia"
Happy Darwin Day! In science we try not to hero-worship, but in a field where credit is currency, and careers are built upon reputation, sometimes scientific rockstars emerge. The ideas and impact of these few resonate outside academia and make them household names. Physics has Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein, and Chemistry Marie Curie and […]Read more "Episode 37: What does Darwin mean to you?"