Tales from the South Pacific: Mo’orea

Ashley Sendell-Price After a year of planning and 53 hours of travelling I arrived on Mo’orea; the first of five French Polynesian islands that I will be visiting over a two-month period as part of my DPhil. I am here to study the silvereye, Zosterops lateralis, a small passerine bird that was introduced to French Polynesia... Continue Reading →

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Squid, scuba diving and fish dissections

Christina Hunt Squid, scuba diving and fish dissections. Those three things sum up my undergraduate fieldwork in Honduras, Central America. I was based on the tropical island paradise of Utila, where during the summer months a small dive centre transitions into a hub of marine research activity. The site is run by a team of... Continue Reading →

Why, exactly, is carbon dioxide such a big deal?

Matt Brown We’re all taught that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas and therefore the cause of our climate change woes, but the physics behind this rarely gets mentioned, which is a shame considering its remarkable simplicity. Simple enough, even, to explain in 500 words*… First, we need to introduce dipolar molecules. Molecules are atoms... Continue Reading →

The Promiscuous Life of the Superb Fairy-Wren

Fiona Jones The Superb Fairy-Wren. Its name makes it sound delicate, yet majestic, and – well – sweet. But, names can be misleading… Beneath this rather lovely title lies the most promiscuous bird of all, with 95% of broods and 76% of young linked to extra-pair paternity (yep, that basically means that the offspring are... Continue Reading →

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