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.
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).
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]