Addressing the fundamental biological consequences of environmental change.

The Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences has significant international expertise in understanding and modelling the soil/microbe/plant interface, the population and physiological responses of animals and plants (from habitats as diverse as the deep ocean and tropical forests), along with environmental effects on mammalian physiology, the immune functions of fish and fundamental relationships between diseases and their vectors.

Our objectives are to train students to recognise and understand the threats and conflicts in the environment today, and appreciate the steps required to develop solutions.

We welcome applications from self-funded students at any time.

Our Research

Our research is grouped within three research themes:

Integrative Environmental Physiology

Physiology is the study of the integrative processes and functions of life at all levels of structural complexity between and including the molecular level through to the whole organism. It includes all organisms, and frames function in evolutionary, environmental, ecological and behavioural contexts. It embraces a cross-disciplinary approach to modern science, through which Physiologists aim to achieve translation of this knowledge in to human health.

We have expertise in: Mammalian Physiology, Fish Immunology & Physiology and Parasite-Host Interactions

Ecology and Evolution

Members of the Ecology and Evolution programme study the interactions that determine the distribution and abundance of organisms and seek insights that contribute to the understanding, management and conservation of marine and terrestrial populations and communities. Closely integrated with the Biological Interactions in Soil programme, we represent one of the largest concentrations of internationally recognised ecologists with expertise ranging from individuals, to populations, communities and global processes.

We have expertise in: Deep Ocean Biology, Population Ecology, Community Ecology and Conservation ecology.

Biological Interactions in Soil

The Biological Interactions in Soil programme represents a concentration of internationally recognised scientists researching the plant/microbe/soil system primarily aimed at characterising and maximising sustainability and biodiversity. It operates at every biological scale from molecule to globe and use state-of-the-art techniques in analytical chemistry, genomics, biosensors, molecular diversity, bioinformatics and modelling.

We have expertise in: Soil Microbial Diversity and Function, Environmental Chemistry and Crop Science.

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School of Biological Sciences Showcase

Our showcase film highlights the benefits for students who choose to study here, the breadth of research carried out at the School and the superb facilities on offer.

Research Impact

Professor Paul Thompson and his team have been instrumental in mitigating the impacts of offshore installations on marine mammals in EU protected areas.

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