At the Helm of chronobiology

Why do we wake up early on our days off? Or notice it is almost lunchtime after our stomachs emit a rumble of hunger? Like all living organisms we have clocks inside us—internal timing mechanisms that guide everything from fine scale molecular processes to seasonal migrations. The study of these biological clocks is called chronobiology, and at the forefront of the Institute’s research in this field is ornithologist Dr Barbara Helm (@BBirdClocks).

Barbara currently leads a diverse and collaborative team who work on a range of bird based projects— from field studies in Africa to experimental trials in Glasgow. Find out exactly what Barbara is doing in this week’s episode, as she discusses her research on “biological clocks in the real world” with Naturally Speaking’s James D. Burgon (@JamesBurgon).

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Episode 31 – At the Helm of chronobiology

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Intro and outro music sampled from: “The Curtain Rises” and “Early RiserKevin MacLeod [CC BY 3.0]

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  1. […] social elephants, and parasitising nematodes! On a broader scale, we’ve explored the role of biological clocks in ecology, fire dynamics in savannah ecosystems, and the ecology of ageing and immunity. We’ve […]



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