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Domestication constrains the ability of dogs to convey emotions via facial expressions in comparison to their wolf ancestors

Congratulations to Dr Sean Twiss and Elana Hobkirk on their new research just published in Nature Scientific Reports: Domestication constrains the ability of dogs to convey emotions via facial expressions in comparison to their wolf ancestors.
Wolves - dogs

Win for Paul Chazot and the IAA project team

We are pleased to announce that Paul Chazot and the IAA project team have been awarded at the Celebration of Impact event.
IAA award

Monitoring the UK’s at-risk hedgehogs

We’ve joined a pioneering new three-year pilot to monitor the UK’s hedgehogs and try to reverse the fall in their numbers.
A hedgehog on the grass facing the camera

Congratulations to Jo Hepworth, 2023 New Lecturer Rank Prize winner

We are pleased to announce that Jo Hepworth was one of three winners of the 2023 New Lecturer Rank Prize!
Jo Hepworth

The global team on Neglected Tropical Diseases wins the Durham Global SDG award 2023

We are pleased to announce that the global consortium on Neglected Tropical Diseases led by Durham University won the inaugural Durham Global SDG award
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Durham researchers’ partner with agricultural innovator to tackle pesticide resistance

Academics and researchers in our Biosciences department are renowned for their world-class research and expertise.
Picture pesticide control

MRC announces Impact Prize 2023 finalists

Professor Paul Denny and team announced as MRC Impact Prize 2023 finalists in the Outstanding Team Impact category with their project Equitable global cooperation to support the fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Historic England Every Day Heritage Grant Success. “Our South Shields: Thanks for the Memories”

This project is dedicated to bringing to life the overlooked history of local South Asian and other ethnic minority groups from South Shields affected by dementia.
A row of buildings in Beamish museum

Scientists discover the real-life impacts of northern elephant seal bottleneck

New research of northern elephant seals has revealed their reproductive and foraging success has been affected by a population bottleneck which nearly caused their extinction and could make them vulnerable as the environment changes in the future.
up northern elephant seal on a beach in California. Credit: Dan Costa, University of California

Project to advance recycling of rare materials secures £14 million UKRI funding

A national consortium involving researchers from Durham’s Biosciences department has secured £14 million UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funding to help advance the recycling of rare metals.
Gold nuggets

Ancient origins of fallow deer should inform conservation

New research has revealed the hidden cultural histories of modern populations of fallow deer, dating back to the Neolithic period, which should be factored into decisions around their management and conservation.
Fallow Deer looking directly at the camera with large antlers. Behind are other deer, grazing.

Durham research has a lasting global impact

We have launched a new Global Research Brochure where we shine a light on some of our incredible researchers who are making a difference in the world.
A globe with lines showing connections between different parts of the world.