Read on for a round-up of what has been going on recently in the Department of Biological Sciences.

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017  

    Mr Andy McWilliam from the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) gave a talk about his work in tackling wildlife crime on an national and international basis. This talk was enjoyed by the audience both for its novel content and Andy's dry 'policeman's' humour in describing the cases. 

  • Thursday, November 2, 2017  

    Both Dr Rob Coleman and Dr Chrissy Stanley have recently published exciting new material on zebrafish welfare and how social network theory can help wildlife conservation respectively! Read on to find out more...

  • Thursday, November 2, 2017  

    Dr Sonya P. Hill, Lecturer and Programme Leader for the BSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, was interviewed recently on national television on the famous BBC Breakfast red sofa. The interview was about the life and work of Dr Jane Goodall DBE (, with whom Sonya has worked for many years in the UK and previously in Tanzania, in celebration of the release of a new National Geographic film called ‘Jane’. 

  • Wednesday, November 1, 2017  

    Today Dr Caroline Bettridge from Manchester Metropolitan University gave us a fascinating insight into the lives of Galago senegalensis, the lesser bushbaby, which her group have studied over the last four years in Tanzania and Kenya.

  • Wednesday, October 25, 2017  

    On October 25 Dr Fabienne Marret-Davies from the University of Liverpool gave a fantastic talk about unearthing some of the earth's secrets from the ocean mud.  The talk focused on how foraminifera lock away trace signatures of their environments, and how these can be used to chronicle localised climate change over geological time. 

  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017  

    Dr Lottie Hosie, joint holder of a prestigious NC3Rs (National Centre for the Replacement Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research) grant with Prof Tessa Smith, was invited to give a talk on the results of their research at the Zoological Society of London earlier in the month. This workshop was organised and supported by ZSL and NC3Rs and was the first of its kind to focus on amphibian welfare.

  • Friday, October 6, 2017  

    Susan Wiper, a PhD student supervised by Dr Alison Fletcher and Dr Chrissy Stanley, is currently working with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund to study endangered golden monkeys in Rwanda. Birthing season is now in full swing!

  • Sunday, October 1, 2017  

    Dr Sonya P. Hill, Lecturer and Programme Leader for the BSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, was a keynote speaker at the VIII Convegno Nazionale della Ricerca nei Parchi: Conoscere per Proteggere (VIII National Congress of Scientific Research in Parks: Know to Protect) held at Parco Natura Viva, Italy, 28th Sept-1st Oct 2017. 

  • Friday, September 29, 2017  

    Earlier this month, Professor Michelangeli travelled to Israel to attend two conferences: the 42nd FEBS Congress ("From molecules to cells and back") - a large scientific conference in Jerusalem - and the IUBMB conference ("New horizons in biochemistry and molecular biology education") at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot.

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017  

    In July Dr Simon Oliver was fortunate to be invited to visit Rutgers Marine Field Station where he and Professor Thomas Grotheus furthered their research on the movement patterns of pelagic thresher sharks. 

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017  

    From September this year, all undergraduate students in Biological Sciences programmes will be taught statistics using the open source statistical environment "R".

    Today Drs von Hardenberg and Geary led a workshop to bring our staff and postgraduate research students up to speed on the use of this software.

  • Friday, July 14, 2017  

    Dr Krista McLennan, along with Matthew Leach from Newcastle University, recently presented a review on the use of facial expression to assess emotional state at the annual Universities Federation for Animal Welfare conference which was held at the Royal Holloway, University of London in Surrey. 

  • Friday, June 16, 2017  

    The Department’s conservation biology research group hosted Dr Meryl Gelling of Oxford University’s WildCRU on 15th June 2016. Dr Gelling presented her latest results on Trichomonas sp. infection in water voles and current findings on streamside vegetation management’s impact on habitat use by water voles. 

  • Wednesday, June 7, 2017  

    The Sheep Pain Facial Expression Scale developed by Dr Krista McLennan during her postdoctoral work at the University of Cambridge has now been automated, as described in Science Daily.

  • Friday, May 12, 2017  

    Dr Sonya Hill (Programme Leader in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Dept of Biological Sciences) was recently honoured to be an invited guest at the Earth Optimism conference, held at the University of Cambridge as part of Earth Day 2017. 

  • Thursday, May 11, 2017  

    Dr Chrissy Stanley from our department has just published a new research paper in the journal PLOS ONE with collaborators Dr Claudia Mettke-Hofmann (Liverpool John Moores University) and Prof Richard Preziosi (Manchester Metropolitan University). This study showed that certain personality traits are not only measurable in cockroaches, but can also persist across discrete life stages (from juvenile stages to adulthood). Have a look at the featured news article on this paper and read on to find out more! 

  • Friday, April 28, 2017  

    On 27th April, the Conservation Biology Research group hosted for its seminar series  Dr. Diogo Veríssimo, a biologist turned marketer, from Johns Hopkins University in the US.  Diogo has an interest in identifying and measuring conservation success, and during his well received talk he emphasised the overlap between social sciences and conservation. 

  • Friday, April 28, 2017  

    Congratulations to our level four student Mariann Biro, who has been selected for a fully funded place at the British Ecological Society (BES) summer school this year!

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017  

    Last week, both Dr Sonya Hill and Dr Alison Fletcher attended the Primate Society of Great Britain (PSGB) conference just down the road in Manchester.

  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017  

    Dr Matt Geary from our Conservation Biology Research Group, along with Professor Stuart Marsden from Manchester Metropolitan University, recently travelled to the Dominican Republic to discuss developing a research project on the Hispaniolan amazon parrot Amazonus ventralis as well as other Hispaniolan endemics.