Category: Blogs

All of the blog posts published by Naturally Speaking.

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

Enjoying the SCENEry

Living at the SCENE field station offers many magical moments given its wild setting. In this post Behind the SCENE’s Angus Lothian tells us us about some of his favourite adventures and shares his most memorable photos.

Deer, ticks and Scottish sunshine

For the most part, contracting diseases from wildlife is not something we need to think about in the UK particularly often. However, Lyme disease, or Lyme borreliosis, is one that any visitors to our stunning countryside must be aware of. This bacterial infection, spread by the bite of blood sucking ticks, can lead to severe and long-lasting symptoms, though if caught […]

Tracking salmon from the journals to the sea

SCENE has been a part of many collaborations over the years, including the IBIS project, which is coming to an end this summer. IBIS spanned Ireland and Scotland, creating many opportunities for high quality research focusing on freshwater and marine environments. Masters student Angus Lothian is hoping to carry on that tradition as he travels to northern Scotland to follow […]