Category: Blogs

All of the blog posts published by Naturally Speaking.

Growing quickly comes at a price

Most of us have heard about antioxidants in the news or at the supermarket. But what are they? And how are they related to damage causing particles called free radicals? In this post Dr Shona Smith discusses her research on these important molecules, and explores their relationship to animal growth.

Forever Young—Learning to Stay Healthy to 100

PhD student Adam Field discusses biogerontology (‘ageing biology’) and what we can learn from animals that are seemingly better at ageing than us about living longer, healthier lives.

The work-life balance: thoughts from Institute Director Prof. Dan Haydon

Striking the ideal work-life balance is a challenge faced by many in academia. Here, Institute Director Professor Dan Haydon shares his thoughts on this thorny topic.

Kampung life and mosquito vectors of disease in Malaysian Borneo

In villages across the Malaysian state of Sabah, locals are being asked to do something unusual: expose themselves to—potentially malaria carrying—mosquitoes. The person behind this request is third year PhD student Rebecca Brown. Here, Rebecca explains why and walks us through the steps of conducting her tropical field research.

Back to the Future @ SCENE

Dr Dominic McCafferty reflects his time living and working in remote field stations and their importance in ecology. He also discusses the running and history of the University’s own field station on the banks of Loch Lomond—the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment (SCENE).

Celebrating 90 years of Zoological Enthusiasm

This year the University of Glasgow’s Zoological Society (ZooSoc) celebrated its 90th anniversary (maybe). Join Prof. Roger Downie as he guides you through the rich history of zoological study at the University and the foundation of the GU ZooSoc. A few recent presidents of the society also share their fondest memories of their term in office.

Outfoxing Rabies, One Vaccine-Loaded Chicken Head at a Time

To mark the 10th World Rabies Day, Naturally Speaking’s Laurie Baker shares how she and her collaborators are using lessons from fox rabies elimination in Western Europe to outfox rabies