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Scientists envisage climate change will severely impact bird communities by 2080

Leading ecologists from our Department of Biosciences and Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre in Germany have predicted in their latest research that bird communities will change worldwide in 2080 due to climate change, largely as result of shifting their ranges.
Phylogenetic diversity bird

Songbirds with unique colours are more likely to be traded as pets – new research

Dr Rebecca Senior from our Department of Biosciences shares her new research on uniquely coloured songbirds and how they could become extinct as a result of pet trade.
Coloured birds

Scientists decrypt the ‘mechanical code’ of DNA

Our highly-rated Department of Biosciences has helped to decipher the mechanical code of DNA.
DNA code

More than a million barriers on Europe’s rivers

Fresh water ecosystems can be adversely affected by barriers to the flow of water and a new study suggests that Europe’s river system is particularly badly affected.
Weir on a Northeast English stream removed by Tees Rivers Trust - a) before, b) during, c) after, d) 17 months after, removal.

Tracking garden songbirds this spring

Biosciences Steve Willis and a team of researchers are working on a new project inviting people to help create a national sample of birdsong.
Bird on a branch

Can you help record the UK’s mammal activity?

If you’re interested in conservation and ecology, our MammalWeb project needs your help to chart the activity of the UK’s mammals.
Otters stare at the camera after being caught on a camera trap

Meet the dogs that can sniff out Covid-19

Asher may just look like a cute cuddly dog but he is much more than that. He, along with some of his canine friends, have been trained to sniff out Covid-19 in people and the initial results show they can do it very reliably. This is because a research team, involving Durham, has found that Covid-19 has a very distinct odour – which we as humans can’t smell – but the dogs’ super sniffing powers can detect it with up to 94 per cent accuracy.

Climate variability may delay post-fire recovery of boreal forest in southern Siberia, Russia.

Prolonged dry periods and increased temperatures that result from anthropogenic climate change have been shown to increase the frequency and severity of wildfires in the boreal region. There is growing evidence that such changes in fire regime can reduce forest resilience and drive shifts in post-fire plant successional trajectories.

Natal origin of Namibian grey whale implies new distance record for in-water migration

Congratulations to Professor Rus Hoelzel on his recent research published in Biology Letters which also features in several news articles!

Congratulations to Dr Wayne Dawson who has been awarded a Darwin+ project!

Wayne Dawson has been awarded a Darwin+ project funded by the Darwin Initiative (Defra), to assess climate change-mediated invasion risks posed by introduced plants and invertebrates on the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia.

How an equal partnership can lead to big breakthroughs in NTDs research.

Our international consortium of academic researchers from South America, Asia and the UK, are seeking new therapeutic solutions to leishmaniasis and Chagas disease.
Neglected Tropical Diseases

Infrared light therapy might aid dementia patients

Research led by Dr Paul Chazot on a new infrared light therapy that might have the potential to help people with dementia.
Paul Chazot: Infrared light therapy