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…

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…

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….

Zoos-Conservation or Confinement?

Animals have been kept for the enjoyment of humans for decades, the first zoos were established to allow humans to see creatures from around the world with little consideration to the animals well-being. More recently zoos have been evolving to be centres of education and assist with conservation. But are zoos able to produce useful…

Ready for Take off?

Before departing on any journey it always pays to be prepared in at least some way. But with field research there is far more to consider then your average trip. Embarking on long-term field research is known to be extremely challenging. The starts long before you reach the forest, in fact it starts before you…

The Road to Research in the Field The Unglamorous Truth

  The dream phase “That’s what I’m going to do!” Maybe you watched the latest documentary in amazement as a scientists swam with sharks. Scuba gear strapped to their back. Camera in hand swimming amongst the reef to catch footage for their research as a soft lulling voice describes the tragedy of shark persecution. It…