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

  • 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.

  • Tuesday, April 4, 2017  

    On 3rd April we were delighted to host the third joint meeting for animal behavioural scientists across Liverpool University, Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Chester. The theme was social network analysis and five fantastic speakers gave an overview of current research projects to a group of thirty delegates.

  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017  

    We were delighted to host Dr Jonathan Green from the University of Liverpool, who gave a fascinating talk on how tracking seabirds is important for conservation.

  • Thursday, March 16, 2017  

    Susan Wiper has just arrived in Rwanda to start her PhD research titled ‘The social system and behaviour of the golden monkey (Cercopithecus mitis kandti)’.  Dr Alison Fletcher from the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Chester is collaborating with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and Karisoke Research Center to support Sue’s PhD study.  Other supervisors on this project include Dr Christina Stanley (Biological Sciences) and Dr Winnie Eckardt (Karisoke).  

  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017  

    Dr Sonya P. Hill, Programme Leader for the BSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, was delighted to be nominated and voted onto the Council of the Primate Society of Great Britain (PSGB), at their AGM in January. 

  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017  

    We were delighted to welcome Dr Gonzalez-Suarez from the University of Reading to give our third departmental seminar series session of the academic year. Entitled "Conservation in the Anthropocene: Species traits, human impacts, and uncertain futures", this talk certainly gave food for thought. 

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017  

    Our Level 5 Field Ecologists have just returned from a fun-filled trip to Coto Donana, southern Spain. Under blue skies and sunshine, students gained practice in a range of ecological techniques, from mammal and vegetation surveys to behavioural sampling of wild horses, deer and waterfowl.

  • Friday, February 10, 2017  

    Our MSc Wildlife Conservation students have just returned from a field trip of a lifetime to Suriname, South America. Have a look at a range of photos from the trip here - prepare to be amazed!

  • Thursday, February 2, 2017  

    Dr Matt Geary and MRes student Rachel Davies have recently been successful in securing funding from the British Dragonfly society for an MRes project, in partnership with Cheshire Wildlife Trust, investigating habitat associations of White-faced Darter (Leucorrhinia dubia) dragonflies in Delamere forest.

  • Thursday, February 2, 2017  

    Elysia Broome is the University of Chester’s IBMS President’s Prize winner for 2016. Elysia recently graduated with a 1st Class (Hons) in Biomedical Science, and is currently working as an Associate Practitioner at the Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the Blood Sciences. Congratulations!

  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017  

    We would like to congratulate Dr Neil Pickles on recently becoming a Senior University Teaching Fellow! This is a well-earned achievement and reflects the high standard of teaching across our department as a whole. 

    Neil has also recently participated in a webinar on the use of MeeToo technology in teaching - you can watch it here.

  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017  

    One of our current MSc students, Martin Pearson, along with supervisor Professor Tessa Smith, was recently awarded a UFAW student research scholarship that enabled him to conduct welfare-based research over the summer. He has just presented this research project at the Annual UFAW scholars meeting at Stirling University, with excellent feedback. Well done Martin, we are very proud of you!