Protecting the future of seals in Scotland

The research of the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU), on behalf of NERC, has been instrumental in identifying protected haul-out sites for seals. The recently approved Protection of Seals (Designation of Haul-out Sites) (Scotland) Act 2014 designates a total of …

April 18, 2017 | Animals


African vultures declining at a critical rate

“Nobody liked vultures much until now, but the change isn’t good news. Big birds appear to be next on the hunters’ list for the bushmeat trade, and vultures are their new favourite. Researchers visited hundreds of bushmeat stalls at 67 …

September 4, 2015 | Animals


Interior designing birds

Researchers from  the the School of Biology have produced the first experimental evidence that birds actively select nest-building materials that camouflage their nests.

October 3, 2014 | Animals


Silencing of the crickets: rapid evolution in response to deadly flies

Scientists in the School of Biology, along with researchers from Edinburgh and the USA, have have published a new study on the rapid evolution of wild crickets from predominantly loud, chirping males to silent males in approximately one decade on …

June 17, 2014 | Animals


Bird-brain DIY: Birds learn from experience when building nests

It is typically assumed that it is a bird’s genes that cause it to choose the materials with which it builds its nest. To test this assumption, Dr Susan Healy and others from the School of Biology investigated whether learning …

April 17, 2014 | Animals