News

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

  • 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!

  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017  

    Research carried out by Dr Simon Oliver on thresher sharks has recently been discussed in a New York Times article (read this article here). 

  • Monday, December 19, 2016  

    From 12th to 14th December, a group from Biological Sciences attended and presented at the British Ecological Society's annual conference, this year held in Liverpool.

  • Wednesday, December 7, 2016  

    On 7th Dec, we were proud to host Katrina Wright, from Keele University and the RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry, who gave a talk entitled "Autologous Stem cells, Chondrocytes, Or the Two (ASCOT): A Phase II Clinical Trial for the Treatment of Cartilage Injury".

  • Tuesday, December 6, 2016  

    The Animal Behaviour and Welfare research group were proud to host Marco Smolla, a currently writing up PhD student from the University of Manchester, to give us an overview of the research he has been involved with during his PhD studies.

  • Monday, December 5, 2016  

    Dr Achaz von Hardenberg recently presented his research on the links between parasites, behaviour life history variation and genetics in mountain mammals, using causal inference methods for ecological research. This was part of the University of Swansea's Biosciences seminar series.

  • Friday, December 2, 2016  

    As a member of the FEBS Education Committee, Frank Michelangeli organised and presented at the FEBS Molecular Life Science Workshop at the University of Latvia on the 24th-26Th November 2016 in the capital city, Riga. This workshop was aimed at junior academics and postgraduates involved in undergraduate education.

  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016  

    The African great lakes have set the scene for extraordinary levels of speciation in cichlid fish. The Department of Biological Sciences were delighted to host Professor George Turner here on the Parkgate Road campus, where he gave an inspiring and entertaining overview of ground-breaking research he has been involved with over his career to date.

  • Wednesday, November 2, 2016  

    A study carried out by Dr. Anna Muir and collaborators and recently published in Scientific Reports has demonstrated that the honeycomb worm (Sabellaria alveolata) may be living close to its thermal tolerance limits at its southern range boundary and is therefore at risk of local extinctions in a changing climate.

  • Monday, October 31, 2016  

    Our very own Professor Cynthia Burek will be interviewed on the "Science Cafe" programme on BBC Radio Wales, aired tomorrow (Tuesday 1st November) at 18.30pm.