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

  • Thursday, February 1, 2018  

    In January, our MSc Wildlife Conservation students spent a wildlife-filled two weeks learning about field techniques in the interior of Suriname. Read this fantastic blog from student Rachel Jarvis documenting her experience. See more photos of this incredible trip here!

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018  

    The animal behaviour and welfare research group were delighted to welcome well-known dog trainers Nando and Jo-Rosie, and their dogs, Ella and Blake, to teach staff and students about training high-drive dogs ethically. Nando and Jo-Rosie have recently appeared on both Channel 4 and ITV helping the general public to train their pets.

  • Monday, January 15, 2018  

    Dr Krista McLennan's revolutionary work on interpreting facial expressions in sheep has recently been featured in an NBC news article in the context of our ability to "translate" animal language.

  • Monday, January 15, 2018  

    The Department of Biological Sciences is to host a public lecture on Thursday 18th January entitled "Chester Zoo in the Wild: How the zoo is working in the field to prevent extinction of species around the world". This talk will be given by Dr Simon Dowell, Science Director of Chester Zoo, who is also an honorary Professor of the University of Chester.

  • Monday, January 8, 2018  

    Tigers in Nepal, frogs in Madagascar, songbirds in Java and fish in Mexico are just some of the species Chester Zoo is helping to conserve, through its global conservation programme

  • Friday, December 15, 2017  

    We'd like to wish a Merry Christmas to all our friends and colleagues. Well done to the BI6173 students for dressing up for their last lecture with Dr "Santa" Millsopp!

  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017  

    This week Dr Winnie Eckardt gave us a fantastic overview of Dian Fossey’s legacy to mountain gorillas, focusing on several decades of changing population dynamics in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. 

  • Thursday, November 23, 2017  

    Today Steve Taylor presented Blue in Focus, a documentary film that considers the need for greater marine conservation and the ongoing impact of human activity on the health of our oceans, to staff and students in our department.  Footage from across the Indian Ocean places charismatic marine animals at the interface of heritage and culture, with the survival of the species hanging in the balance. 

  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017  

    The innovative use of Twitter has gained Dr Chrissy Stanley, a lecturer in our department, the accolade of ‘social media superstar’ in a national competition.

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017  

    Research on zebra fish welfare carried out by a team led by Dr Lynne Sneddon at the University of Liverpool, and including our very own Dr Rob Coleman, has been featured in an article on the website for the NC3Rs - the National Centre for Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of animals in research. 

  • 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.