Novel diversity: Natures unique way of celebrating differences

Blog on the SBS seminar (18th March 2021) from Dr Anna Runemark written by Ellie Mason, student from the “Meet the scientists” course

Novel diversity is often overlooked with the threat of depleted biodiversity often taking the headline. Yet it deserves recognition for species’ ability to adapt and thrive in…

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Do we need to redefine the term species in the wake of avian malaria research?

Blog on the SBS seminar (11th March 2021) from Prof Javier Pérez-Tris written by Nancy Stewart, student from the “Meet the scientists” course

The naming and characterization of individual species is fundamental to biology in representing the principle taxonomic unit in grouping organisms. This is one of the first things…

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Craigleith to Parliament

Craigleith is an uninhabited island and important puffin colony in the Firth of Forth. The island first gained national attention thanks to a Channel 4 documentary highlighting the plight of the puffins due to the invasive plant Tree Mallow. Indeed, it is estimated that the population declined two-thirds from its…

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How the ninja of science communication kept me sane over lockdown

Have you ever heard of ecofiction? Neither had I until about a year ago. Ecofiction is fiction where nature and/or our relationship with our physical environment plays a major role in the plot. Topics like climate change, conservation, illegal trade of endangered species, and environmental disaster are commonly represented (with…

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How do Atlantic salmon adapt to their local environment? Perhaps the answer lies in their genes.

Blog on the SBS seminar (4th March 2021) from Dr Victoria Pritchard written by Max Vallarino, student from the “Meet the scientists” course

In an age where natural biodiversity is under greater threat than ever before, it is important to use every tool at our disposal when devising management plans…

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