Category: Research in progress

Stress is cool: The Movie

Stress is cool: The Movie Stress is cool! Earlier this year we brought you a blog post by Dr Ruedi Nager on how to measure animal stress remotely using thermal imaging, and long listening Naturally Speakers may remember our 2012 podcast with Dr Dominic McCafferty. However, our friends at theGIST thought this distinctly visual research deserved a more visual medium […]

Wild dogs of the Serengeti

When conserving wildlife species, re-introductions are just the beginning of the process. The question is, how do you ensure the species long-term sustainability? This is a challenge faced by the Serengeti Painted Wolves, a collaboration between the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute and our own Institute. In this post the project members describe their conservation work with African wild dogs—their recent successes […]

Taiwan’s task: balancing development and conservation

FEATURED: Our most visited post of 2015 – PhD student Yi-Hsiu Chen writes about how we measure and minimise damage to ecosystems from developments like reservoirs and wind farms.

Stress is cool

How do we know if an animal is stressed? This unpleasant state is not reserved for humans, and if possible we would like to minimise the stress experienced by the animals around us. Traditionally, we have relied on measuring hormones in the blood to know if an animal is in a stressful state, but this invasive procedure has a flaw […]

The path of most resistance

Lurking in the digestive tracts of grazing livestock, parasitic nematodes exact a brutal toll on agriculture. For a long time they have been treated and controlled with a group of drugs known as anthelmintics. However, many of these drugs no longer work effectively because the parasites have developed resistance to them. Here, post-doctoral researcher Dr Roz Laing tells us about […]

The importance of names

What is in a name? Biologists use a precise system for naming species, but why and to what end? Here, PhD student James D. Burgon (@JamesBurgon), an evolutionary biologist and trained taxonomist, comes out from behind his Naturally Speaking editorial role to give us an insight into binomial nomenclature. A brief foray into scientific nomenclature Nestled behind multiple doors, and […]

Museum specimens

You are what you eat

Ecologists have long tried to understand what animals get up to when they’re not being observed. GPS technologies have enabled unprecedented remote-tracking, but some behaviours – such as diet – are a little more tricky to track. In this post James Grecian (@JamesGrecian), a marine ecologist at the Institute, discusses a technique he uses to track the diet of seabirds across some of the world’s most remote oceans; one that relies […]