Episode 18- On the Wings of a Giant, Interview with Richard Phillips (British Antarctic Survey)

This is the first in our series of Naturally Speaking Shorts where we interview visiting and IBAHCM researchers about their work and how they ended up in science. In this episode, we interview Glasgow University alumni, Dr. Richard Phillips (British Antarctic Survey), about his work with albatrosses in South Georgia and his advice for young ecologists […]

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This is the first in our series of joint podcasts with theGIST, a student science magazine, blog, podcast and YouTube channel run by students from the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde . In this episode, we interviewed Prof. Ted Leighton, the former director of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, after he gave a talk to […]


The importance of names

What is in a name? Biologists use a precise system for naming species, but why and to what end? Here, PhD student James D. Burgon (@JamesBurgon), an evolutionary biologist and trained taxonomist, comes out from behind his Naturally Speaking editorial role to give us an insight into binomial nomenclature. A brief foray into scientific nomenclature […]

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You are what you eat

Ecologists have long tried to understand what animals get up to when they’re not being observed. GPS technologies have enabled unprecedented remote-tracking, but some behaviours – such as diet – are a little more tricky to track. In this post James Grecian (@JamesGrecian), a marine ecologist at the Institute, discusses a technique he uses to track the diet of seabirds across some of the world’s most […]

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Scotland: A Tropical Hotspot?

Scotland and the tropics seem to have little in common, aside from copious amounts of rain. However, Scottish institutions are at the heart of a number of tantalising research projects looking at tropical ecology and biology. In this blog post, PhD student Laura Allen (@laurajallen) gives us a glimpse of this work, with a look at […]

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Silent witnesses: investigating wildlife crime in Scotland

Welcome to the latest Naturally Speaking blog post. This post was written by Research Associate Caroline Millins a qualified veterinary pathologist and researcher in wildlife disease epidemiology. Here Caroline describes work that was featured in her most recent research paper, but also gives the broader story to becoming involved in wildlife pathology. Silent witnesses: investigating wildlife crime in Scotland Seeing wildlife […]

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