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

  • Gammarus pulex show a grouping response to conspecific injury cues but not to predator kairomones 

    Smith, Lynsey; Webster, Michael Munro (2015-07) - Journal article
    Many species gain protection from predators by forming groups, but there is also evidence that some predators are better able to detect or more likely to attack grouped prey. Given this, it might pay prey to be flexible ...
  • Circumpolar habitat use in the southern elephant seal: implications for foraging success and population trajectories 

    Hindell, Mark A.; McMahon, Clive R.; Bester, Marthán N.; Boehme, Lars; Costa, Daniel; Fedak, Mike; Guinet, Christophe; Herraiz-Borreguero, Laura; Harcourt, Robert G.; Huckstadt, Luis; Kovacs, Kit M.; Lydersen, Christian; McInytre, Trevor; Muelbert, Monica; Roquet, Fabien; Williams, Guy; Charrassin, Jean-Benoit (2016-05-26) - Journal article
    In the Southern Ocean, wide-ranging predators offer the opportunity to quantify how animals respond to differences in the environment because their behavior and population trends are an integrated signal of prevailing ...
  • Preparing for winter : the transcriptomic response associated with different day lengths in Drosophila montana 

    Parker, Darren J.; Ritchie, Michael G.; Kankare, Maaria (2016-05) - Journal article
    At northern latitudes, the most robust cue for assessing the onset of winter is the shortening of day lengths. Many species use day length as a cue to increase their cold tolerance and/or enter into diapause, but little ...
  • A test of genetic models for the evolutionary maintenance of same-sex sexual behaviour 

    Hoskins, Jessica; Ritchie, Michael Gordon; Bailey, Nathan William (2015-06) - Journal article
    The evolutionary maintenance of same-sex sexual behaviour (SSB) has received increasing attention because it is perceived to be an evolutionary paradox. The genetic basis of SSB is almost wholly unknown in non-human animals, ...
  • Mechanism of the human nucleocytoplasmic hexosaminidase D 

    Alteen, Matthew G; Oehler, Verena; Nemčovičová, Ivana; Wilson, Iain B H; Vacadlo, David J; Gloster, Tracey Maureen (2016-05-17) - Journal article
    Mammalian β-hexosaminidases have emerged as playing essential roles in cellular physiology and health. These enzymes are responsible for the cleavage of the monosaccharides N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) and N-acetylgalactosamine ...

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