Category: Blogs

All of the blog posts published by Naturally Speaking.

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 […]

Birds and Trees: Doing Research in SCENE’s woodlands

SCENE has been home to many research projects over the years. While many of these have been short studies focused on individual researchers’ interests, some study systems have provided a wealth of possibilities leading to decades of detailed and diverse research projects. One such system is the blue tit population inhabiting the woodlands around the research station. Masters student Simon […]

Naturally beautiful: PhotoSCENE 2016 winners gallery

During the course of research at the Institute, our staff and students are often rewarded with truly stunning views of the natural world. So it’s perhaps no surprise that a common hobby among our researchers is amateur photography! Together with the Glasgow Natural History Society (GNHS), the Institute runs an annual PhotoSCENE competition to find the best images snapped from the members of both groups. […]

Horse and donkey sleeping sickness: investigating equine central nervous system trypanosomosis in The Gambia

It is hard to envisage the world without technology, one in which we are still reliant on working animals for transport and agriculture. Yet, in those parts of the Global South where mechanisation is largely absent, millions of horses and donkeys remain heavily relied upon. However, across Sub-Saharan Africa an unrelenting parasitic disease—trypanosomosis—besets these working animals, with a particularly severe […]

Episode 37: What does Darwin mean to you?

A special #DarwinDay podcast where we asked five of our Institute PhD students (each of whose work builds on evolutionary theory) ‘what does Darwin mean to you?’

Making SCENE tick: The whirlwind efforts of Rona Brennan

The cast and crew of SCENE work hard in many differing roles, from making sure the aquaria are working correctly to setting up visitor days and stays—each a vital part of bringing the facility to life. At the end of 2015 three of our Masters students (Eleanor, Angus and Simon) introduced us to their new blogging initiative—Behind the SCENE. This month […]