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Episode 6 – Research Round Table: Foraging Gannets, Stickleback Growth, and Self-Fertilization

In this Research Round Table episode we discuss three recent research papers from within the institute: a paper by James Grecian and colleagues examining sex-based differences in foraging behaviour in gannets; a study by Who-Seung Lee, Pat Monaghan, and Neil Metcalfe studying the costs of rapid growth in sticklebacks; and a paper by Annabelle Haudry, Barbara Mable and colleagues investigating […]

Episode 5 – How to Survive a Conference

With several big conferences rapidly approaching, many students will find themselves at their first scientific conference this summer!  In this edition of the Survivor’s Guide to Academia, David Bailey, Rob Critchlow, Zara Gladman, and Shaun Killen chat about how to survive a conference. Tune in for tips on talks and posters, effective networking, making the most out of social events and […]

Episode 4 – Glasgow Science Festival Special!

Today marks the start of Glasgow Science Festival, which runs from 5th-17th June and features an array of events across the city to suit all ages and tastes, from knit-a-microbe workshops to geometric acrobatics!  The festivities kick off tonight with a celebration of 2012’s Transit of Venus. In this Naturally Speaking: Festival Special, James Buckley speaks to three event leaders, […]

Episode 3 – Focus on Research: Baby Bunnies and Juvenile Salmon

In this episode James Buckley and Shaun Killen chat with Institute researchers Dominic McCafferty and Donald Reid. Dominic tells us about how he’s used thermal imaging to see how baby rabbits – which are born completely without fur – are able to help keep themselves warm by huddling together. Donald then talks about how, for juvenile salmon, habitat complexity and unpredictable food sources […]

Episode 2 – Research Round Table: Wild Dogs, Sheep Testes, Bovine TB

This episode is the first of what we’re calling “Research Round Tables”, in which we’ll be summarizing some recent work from the Institute. Other episodes will also feature interviews/discussions with institute researchers about specific projects, but with these episodes we hope to briefly cover a wider range of research topics (and have a bit of fun at the same time). […]

Episode 1 – Surviving Your Viva!

Finally! Our first ever podcast episode, in which Zara Gladman, Leoni de Wert, Rowland Kao, and Shaun Killen discuss how to survive your viva – the oral examination that every PhD student must pass before receiving their degree. Have a listen and let us know what you think! Naturally Speaking Episode 1 UPDATE: We revisited this topic in a later […]

Bunnies Keeping Warm

A very cool (pun intended) thermal image of rabbit babies huddling for warmth. You can hear Dominic McCafferty chat about this project in an upcoming episode, which will hopefully come out within the next couple weeks!