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
A collaboration between Earth Sciences palaeobiologists from the University of Oxford and University College London has shed new light on one of the earliest-known salamanders, from a rock first discovered in the 1970s.
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.
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.
1 June 2022
A new study shows how small seabirds have mastered the art of working smarter not harder when soaring at sea.
17 May 2022
The House of Lords has appointed Professor Kathy Willis as a new non-party-political peer, after being recommended by the independent House of Lords Commission. She joins the crossbenches, comprising independent peers who provide deep, wide-ranging expertise to the House.
9 May 2022
Newly published research from WildCRU in the Department of Zoology, in collaboration with the Saïd Business School, raises important concerns about whether the trade in donkey skins is being used as a cover for smuggling elephant tusks, pangolin scales and other illegal wildlife products.
26 April 2022
Four ‘excellent research leaders’ at Oxford, three of them from MPLS Division, have today been awarded major European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grants to fund boundary-pushing research projects in Biology, Linguistics, Mathematics and Physics.
20 April 2022
Researchers from Oxford's Department of Biology and the University of Kent have carried out the first quantitative assessment of both the environmental impact of a large organisation and feasible options for mitigation, to inform work towards net-gain biodiversity for the University of Oxford by 2035.
From the Conversation: Biodiversity: why new rules to ensure nature benefits from building projects could fail
24 March 2022
EJ Milner-Gulland, Tasso Leventis Professor of Biodiversity, and colleagues from the University of Kent write about “biodiversity net gain” – a measure applying to most new developments in England which is intended to ensure nature is left better off overall than before the project began.
15 February 2022
Interdisciplinary teams in The Agile Initiative aim to deliver rapid answers to the most pressing environmental policy questions, using cutting edge research.
1 February 2022
Data collected from more than 17,500 birds revealed that migrating warblers can return to a local nesting site from thousands of miles away using a single geomagnetic coordinate.
20 January 2022
Data collected by the team revealed that 50% of the birds studied were capable of diving over twice the depth previously thought, with implications for conservation efforts of this endangered species.
19 January 2022
A new study published in the journal Global Environmental Change reveals a new policy tool developed by an international team, including scientists at Oxford University, which could slash plastic waste.