25 August 2022
The sites are being restored to flower-rich meadows suitable for Large blue butterflies. Professor Jeremy Thomas of the Department of Biology, and Chair of the Joint Committee for the Re-establishment of the Large Blue Butterfly, spearheaded the successful reintroduction in the UK.
25 August 2022
Oxford University researchers are playing a key role in the first systematic survey of ocean life in the Maldives, from the surface to 1000 metres deep. This will enable the Maldivian Government to develop conservation and sustainable development policies, so that the oceans continue to protect and provide for the Maldivian people.
23 August 2022
A new study led by Oxford University researchers has demonstrated how hunting hawks solve the problem of intercepting a single bat within a dense swarm. The findings increase our understanding of how predators select and track a single target among thousands of potential prey.
15 August 2022
Hollie Booth from the Department of Biology discusses whether international marine tourists might be prepared to pay towards community-based shark conservation, in an article first published on the Conversation.
12 August 2022
An international team, co-led by Professor Oliver Pybus and Associate Professor Moritz Kraemer from Oxford's Department of Biology, has used genome tracing to show how the Delta variant of COVID-19 expanded out of India and became the dominant variant in the UK in 2021
11 August 2022
Amy Dickman, Professor of Wildlife Conservation in the Department of Biology, puts the case that trophy hunting import bans risk increasing threats to wildlife and undermining local rights and livelihoods, in an article first published on the Conversation.
8 August 2022
Researchers at the Ineos Oxford Institute for Antimicrobial Resistance (IOI) and the Department of Biology have revealed links between the presence of bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics in mothers and their newborn babies, drawing on data from seven low- and middle-income countries in Africa and South Asia.
1 August 2022
Today the Department of Zoology and Department of Plant Sciences officially merge to become the new Department of Biology. This is a significant moment for the University, as two departments with histories of landmark academic breakthroughs and forward-thinking teaching combine to create a new department with interdisciplinary, collaborative opportunities.
21 July 2022
A new social network analysis of female wild red deer on the Isle of Rum in Scotland, carried out by a multidisciplinary team led by researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh, reveals that ageing deer tend to adopt a life of solitude in their advancing years.
15 July 2022
Oxford biologists are part of an international team that has been modelling the cancer-suppressing p53 gene to identify how 20 different molecules unique to elephants are activated for increased sensitivity and response against carcinogenic conditions – with implications for cancer treatments in humans.
14 July 2022
Members of MPLS departments were amongst those recognised at the University's seventh Environmental Sustainability Awards today, hosted by Vice Chancellor, Dame Professor Louise Richardson.
1 July 2022
DNA testing reveals that rock doves, the wild ancestors of the common domestic and feral pigeons, now extinct in many parts of the world, are still living on islands in Scotland and Ireland.
30 June 2022
Oxford biomechanics researchers have been using computer simulations and Hollywood-style motion capture to reveal how Harris hawks optimise their landing manoeuvres for an accurate descent.
Professor Samuel Sheppard, to join Ineos Oxford Institute to further interdisciplinary research on antimicrobial resistance
29 June 2022
Professor Sheppard will join the Department of Biology and the IOI in September 2022, with the aim of using fundamental evolutionary and ecological theory to address consequential questions in pathogen emergence and spread.
24 June 2022
Nature-based solutions must not be forgotten in the drive to stabilise the climate. But care must be taken to ensure they are not hijacked or misused to ‘greenwash’ emissions, insists Oxford biodiversity expert Professor Nathalie Seddon in a landmark article for the journal Science.
14 June 2022
The study carried out by researchers from Oxford's Department of Zoology and the Wellcome Sanger Institute, as part of the Darwin Tree of Life project, will shed new light on badger biology, disease and responses to climate change.
9 June 2022
The late Professor of Animal Behaviour, Niko Tinbergen, has been honoured with the plaque for his founding contributions to the field of ethology - the study of animal behaviour - which is now a recognised area of biological study.
8 June 2022
A study published today in Cell Reports reveals how populations of a bacterium called Pseudomonas respond to being treated with Colistin, a 'last resort' antibiotic for patients who have developed multi-drug resistant infections.
1 June 2022
A new study shows how small seabirds have mastered the art of working smarter not harder when soaring at sea.
24 May 2022
The new identity for the Department of Biology has been awarded a 2022 Indigo Design Award, winning Gold in their Logo Design category.