News

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

  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018  

    Four level six (final year) students in our department were recently inspired by one of our modules to set up their own wildlife blog featuring amazing photos they've taken themselves! Have a look at their blog here.

  • Friday, March 23, 2018  

    It wasn’t quite business as ‘EWE-sual’ for Animal Behaviour Lecturer Dr Krista McLennan when she appeared on primetime BBC One programme Countryfile on 18th February.

  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018  

    Today the Conservation Biology Research Group were extremely pleased to host Dr Sarah Dalrymple, Senior Lecturer in Conservation Ecology at Liverpool John Moores University, as part of our departmental seminar series. Sarah is a plant ecologist focusing on threatened species and their response to global threats such as climate change and pollution, and how conservation interventions can be used to address these pressures. 

  • Saturday, March 17, 2018  

    On the 17th March, Dr Matt Geary presented the department's work on the conservation ecology of the White-faced Darter dragonfly (Leucorrhinia dubia) to members of the British Dragonfly Society.

  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018  

    On 28th February, the Animal Behaviour & Welfare Research Group here in the department of Biological Sciences hosted a mini-conference as part of LivLabs - a collaborative research group comprising the University of Chester, the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University. This time our speakers focused on the intriguing subject of animal personality, with our keynote speaker Dr Claudia Mettke-Hofmann from Liverpool John Moores University commencing proceedings by presenting the results of her ongoing research project on personality in Gouldian finches.

  • Friday, February 23, 2018  

    Two of our technicians in the Department of Biological Sciences were recently nominated, and subsequently shortlisted, for the national HE Bioscience Technician of the Year Award! This is a fantastic achievement which recognises the commitment of our technical team to deliver both innovative and efficient laboratory practical classes, ensuring that students develop their lab skills to a high standard. Congratulations Dan and Kate!!

  • Thursday, February 22, 2018  

    Dr Maziar Bonab, who joined our department in November, has already published his first article under his new institutional address. Read more here!

  • Thursday, February 22, 2018  

    Primerdesign sponsors postgraduate students across the UK by providing free and discounted real-time PCR reagents as part of their postgraduate sponsorship scheme to actively promote good science. Sponsorships are awarded on merit. We are pleased to announce that one of our department's PhD students, who is studying the application of genetic techniques to the conservation of the critically endangered Grenada dove (Leptotila wellsi), has been award the silver level sponsorship. Congratulations Kate!

  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018  

    On 7th February, the Department of Biological Sciences was delighted to host an exciting research talk delivered by Dr Alan McElligott from the University of Roehampton, who presented a range of results from his research on cognition and welfare in goats.

  • Friday, February 2, 2018  

    MRes Biological Sciences (Wildlife Behaviour and Conservation pathway) students Ryan Nolan and Adam Welsh have just started their fieldwork in Cape Three Points Forest Reserve in Ghana! Follow their blog to find out what they're up to.

  • 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!

  • 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. 

  • 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...