The School promotes an interdisciplinary approach to both applied and fundamental research problems and to postgraduate training. Research in the School is organised into three major interdisciplinary centres: the Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI), Biomedical Sciences Research Complex (BSRC) and Centre for Biological Diversity (CBD). Together these centres encompass the full spectrum of research in biological sciences, spanning investigations on the properties and behaviour of individual molecules to planetary environmental dynamics.

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Recent Submissions

  • High site fidelity in Northern Wheatears Oenanthe oenanthe wintering in Africa revealed through colour marking 

    Blackburn, Emma; Cresswell, William Richard Lawrence (2016) - Journal article
    Wintering Northern Wheatears Oenanthe oenanthe in the Sahel region of Northern Nigeria held small (c. 70 m diameter) distinct territories during the study period, and territory size did not differ between adult and first ...
  • Physical constraints of cultural evolution of dialects in killer whales 

    Filatova, Olga A.; Samarra, Filipa I. P.; Barrett-Lennard, Lance G.; Miller, Patrick J. O.; Ford, John K. B.; Yurk, Harald; Matkin, Craig O.; Hoyt, Erich (2016-11-17) - Journal article
    Odontocete sounds are produced by two pairs of phonic lips situated in soft nares below the blowhole; the right pair is larger and is more likely to produce clicks, while the left pair is more likely to produce whistles. ...
  • Fur and faeces : an experimental assessment of non-invasive DNA sampling for the European pine marten 

    Kubasiewicz, L. M.; Minderman, Jeroen; Woodall, L. C.; Quine, C. P.; Coope, R.; Park, Kirsty J. (2016-10) - Journal article
    Non-invasive genetic sampling using materials such as faeces or hair can be used to monitor wildlife populations, although DNA quality is often poor. Improving sampling efficiency and minimising factors that reduce DNA ...
  • Asymmetric paternal effect on offspring size linked to parent-of-origin expression of an insulin-like growth factor 

    Saldivar Lemus, Yolitzi; Vielle-Calzada, Jean-Philippe; Ritchie, Michael G.; Macías Garcia, Constantino (2017-05-15) - Journal article
    Sexual reproduction brings together reproductive partners whose long-term interests often differ, raising the possibility of conflict over their reproductive investment. Males that enhance maternal investment in their ...
  • Resolving issues with environmental impact assessment of marine renewable energy installations 

    Maclean, Ilya M. D.; Inger, Richard; Benson, David; Booth, Cormac G.; Embling, Clare B.; Grecian, W. James; Heymans, Johanna J.; Plummer, Kate E.; Shackshaft, Michael; Sparling, Carol E.; Wilson, Ben; Wright, Lucy J.; Bradbury, Gareth; Christen, Nadja; Godley, Brendan J.; Jackson, Angus C.; McCluskie, Aly; Nicholls-Lee, Rachel; Bearhop, Stuart (2014-12-16) - Journal article
    Growing concerns about climate change and energy security have fueled a rapid increase in the development of marine renewable energy installations (MREIs). The potential ecological consequences of increased use of these ...

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