Research within the School of Biological Sciences is coordinated through the Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences (IBES). IBES undertakes both pure and applied research across the biological sciences, with a broad cross-cutting theme of understanding the fundamental biological consequences of environmental change. Our research incorporates theoretical, empirical and experimental studies that span from gene to global scales, from deep ocean to high altitude and from the Arctic to Antarctic.
IBES comprises approximately 55 academic staff, 80 postdoctoral researchers, 150 postgraduate research students and a number of independent research fellows. Current active research grant holdings total over £25M (c. 29M €, 39M US$) secured from government, NGO, industrial and charitable sources.
The last Research Assessment Exercise in 2008 confirmed IBES as one of the top UK institutes for research in the biological and environmental sciences. Staff were returned to two different units of assessment and were overall rated as top in Scotland in unit of assessment 16 (Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science), and third in unit 14 (Biological Sciences). More than 55% 55% of our research activity was graded as being of world leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
IBES research is closely aligned and integrated with our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching to ensure that our students learning and experience is based on the very leading edge of current research and delivered by researchers who are leaders in their field and who are passionate about communicating their subject.
Our research activity is organised through three key research programmes where IBES has an international reputation for cutting edge research. These programmes affiliate staff and students with shared research interests and incorporate seminar programmes, symposia and workshops for fostering collaboration and interaction.
In addition, staff are associated with key cross-cutting research initiatives such as the University's Environment and Food Security theme, the Centre for Genome Enabled Biology and Medicine and the Scottish Food Security Alliance - Crops.
Studying the integrative processes and function of life, from the gene to whole organism.
Informing the understanding, management and conservation of natural populations.
Researching the plant/microbe/soil system to characterise biodiversity and maximise sustainability.