The School of Biological Sciences (SBS) has a world-leading reputation for pure and applied research across the biological sciences, with a broad cross cutting theme of understanding the fundamental biological consequences of environmental change. Activity is organised around our four traditional pillars of research excellence – ecology, evolution, environmental science and ecophysiology – and spans from gene to global scales, from the poles to the tropics, mountains to deep sea and across a broad taxonomic spectrum of plants, animals and microbes.

The SBS research community comprises 45 academic staff ca. 120 PhD students from >25 countries, and ca. 90 postdoctoral research scientists funded through industry, national and international research councils, charitable bodies and government agencies.

In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment, SBS staff were submitted to two units of assessment: “Biological Sciences” and “Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science”. For these areas 83% and 92% of our research activity was considered to be world-leading or internationally excellent, respectively. SBS was ranked as the top Institute in the UK for “Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science”.

The SBS research campus comprises several buildings in Old Aberdeen, plus outstations strategically located across Scotland. Most activity centres on the Cruickshank, Zoology and St Machar Drive Buildings immediately adjacent to the Cruickshank Botanical Garden in the University’ Kings Campus. In addition, we have staff housed at the Lighthouse Field Station in Cromarty, that is the focus of our marine top-predator research. SBS also benefits from field stations in Bettyhill and Eynhallow on Orkney, and more broadly from its location nestled among key marine, terrestrial and freshwater habiatts where we have an international reputation for undertaking long-term, large-scale field-based studies and translating research into policy, practice and management.


SBS boasts state-of-the-art laboratory, analytical and research facilities, including major recent investment in greenhouse facilities, the multi-'omics Centre for Genome Enabled Biology and Medicine, and a high-performance computing cluster.