Researcher for a week

Since arriving at university for my MRes I have had some great experiences already. Despite only beginning my masters a week ago I feel I am already more aware of how being a researcher can become a career, and what is expected of a post grad. At the introductory seminar I attended me and the…

Second Impressions-Returning to University

After Months of planning, applying and organising I finally found myself returning to University as a Masters study at last. Through all the paperwork, stress and excitement to get stuck in I was sure I knew exactly what to expect. I knew the transition from Undergrad to Postgrad would need me to increase my work…

Top unrecognised skills for researchers

When it comes to finding work in science there are countless traits employers are looking for. Often, you will find positions asking that the applicant has some level of experience using computer programs; most commonly SPSS or GIS. They may also ask for experience of living and working out in the field. But here we…

Are there any British Species?

For many people in Britain there are some natural events which are truly British sights. The average Britain may see rabbits on the verge every spring, or perhaps a visiting hedgehog to enjoy some snails, or maybe a flash of brilliant red as a fox darts by. To some these are truly British animals. But how much…

Learning to Love- Why we should love Britain’s most hated species

You’re sat out in the park enjoying a picnic with your friends. The sun is shining, everyone is having a great time until. The wasps arrive. The striped monsters are clearly out to attack and torment you. They have come from miles around to ruin this picnic. Chaos ensues as your friends try to swat…

Climate change & How Conservationist are Reacting

In the wake of the agreement between the two largest greenhouse gas emitters this week, North America & China have declared they will work to cap the CO2 both countries produce and work to slow man-made climate change. Of course this is great news, but for many species the damage may have already been done. Conservationists…

The Next fish to go Extinct?

As the global trends of species loss continue it is likely that the world will lose thousands of unique species before conservationist can complete the research needed and politicians act on the information. But instead of focusing on the big, obvious species here we decided to take a look at something else. The most endangered…

The Primatologists who Started it All

This week saw the biggest gathering of primatologists ever. The joint conference between the International primatological society and the American Society of Primatologists in Chicago brought researchers from across the globe to present and discuss their work and meet others in the field. Whilst some of us unfortunately couldn’t attend this historic moment, and to celebrate international…

Eco-Tourism Great or Greed?

For many nature lovers the only way for them to get close to iconic species such as mountain gorillas and chimpanzees is by going on a wildlife holiday. This trip falls under the title of Eco-tourism, but does it help conserve the species or is it exploiting an already at risk animals? The Basics Firstly, it is…

Saving the World- Who’s saving the most biodiversity

As the world continues on the path of the latest great extinction event numerous organisations and assemblies have gathered in a bid to save the species of Earth. Most of the worlds governments have committed to the cause in some way, but who is working hardest to save the biodiversity and the ecosystems we rely on, and which countries are not fulfilling their commitments to conservation?

Is Zoo based Research useful?

For anyone who has studied in animal behaviour, it is likely that you would have been taken to a zoo to complete a project on animal behaviour . Most Zoology degrees do this at least once during the course. But a question should be considered when researching in a zoo. Is the research useful? Zoo…

Great books for Zoology students

Upon arriving at university you may find yourself greeted by a huge list of books of recommended reading. Whilst these lists usually have some great books included, they rarely provide interesting and informative texts. Here are some suggestions of books for students looking to gain a wide knowledge base in Zoology whilst not being bored stiff….