Biosciences at Brighton

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Launch Nature 2020 team

University kicks off involvement in Nature2020

MPs have helped launch a year-long celebration of biodiversity within the Brighton and Lewes Downs UNESCO World Biosphere Region. The calendar of events marks the end of the UN Decade on Biodiversity, with the University of Brighton leading on the area’s involvement in the 5th global City Nature Challenge in April. The Nature2020 programme aims…

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Eve on Kenya research trip

Eve’s amazing research opportunity with the leopards of Kenya

Eve Hills, Ecology and Conservation MRes student, tells us about the opportunities and experiences she had studying here and why she recommends Ecology at Brighton. I came into higher education late in life after deciding that I wanted to develop my passion for animals into a career in wildlife conservation. I enrolled on a foundation…

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Chloe smiling with young man

Fund winner Chloe’s South African game reserve experience

Chloe Morel recently visited South Africa as part of her International Experience. The International Experience Fund is a fund  kindly supported by Santander Universities and other generous donors, which helps eligible undergraduate students take advantage of opportunities overseas such as work placements, volunteering or studying abroad. Chloe tells the story

Microplastics – the dangers that lie beneath

University of Brighton research has discovered high levels of plastic-based microfibres in Chichester Harbour. Dr Corina Ciocan’s study revealed there were 10,000 microfibres per litre in the top layer of the harbour’s seawater – and one study shows these same fibres are harmful to fish and this may impact on the foodchain.

World-first study into microplastics in crustacean brains

University of Brighton researchers have carried out the world’s first study into microplastics in the brain of a crustacean species. The research – conducted by University graduate Hannah Parker, Dr Neil Crooks, Dr Angelo Pernetta – showed that ingested microplastics remained in the brain of the velvet swimming crab at more consistent levels than in…

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Invasive parrots: research highlights varied impacts

Non-native parrots can cause substantial damage and threaten native biodiversity, although impacts vary strongly depending on where these parrots have been introduced, according to new pan-European research involving a University of Brighton scientist.

How drones and sirens can help save the rhino

University of Brighton researchers have found new ways to help save white rhinoceros from illegal poaching – using drones and sirens. They investigated the most effective ways of deterring rhinos from danger areas such as near perimeter fences where poachers often operate and spent six months on a South African game reserve testing the most…

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Caroline Lucas set for University nature conference

MP Caroline Lucas is among the speakers at a University of Brighton symposium that will explore the benefits of connecting children and teenagers in the UK with local nature. The Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion will give a talk entitled ‘Young People and the Natural World: The Art of Paying Attention’ on the first…

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Dawn Scott 2017 BBC shoot

Why we’re running out of time to reduce climate change

A University of Brighton expert in mammal ecology and conservation has warned that we must act immediately to reduce the effects of climate change. Professor Dawn Scott, who has featured on BBC nature programmes such as Springwatch and Winterwatch, shared her thoughts on climate change in the latest episode of the University of Brighton’s ‘Catching…

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BMC ecology image competition winner

We are really proud of student William Mills, Ecology and Conservation MSci, who has been announced as one of the winners in the BMC Ecology Image Competition. His photograph entitled ‘Meadow Brown and solitary bee’ was the winner in the Community, Population and Macroecology category in the global competition judged by Professor Zhigang Jiang from the…

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