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The Carbon Conundrum

Ben Fernando All life on Earth is ‘organic’, in that it has a biochemistry based on the element carbon. Carbon forms the molecular backbone of every biologically important complex molecule, from the DNA nucleotides which encode our genetic information, to... Continue Reading →

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Antarctic Dreaming

Fiona Jones There’s a reason I work in Antarctica, rather than the jungle. First and foremost is probably my passion for the polar environment, and the wildlife to be found there, but I’m also pretty hopeless in the heat. We’ve... Continue Reading →

A morning bird ringing (bird banding)

Ashley Sendell-Price 4 am: with thermos in hand I close the front door behind me with a click, hop into the car, and after a short drive arrive at my destination – a water treatment facility at the foot of... Continue Reading →

Is that tree about to snap?

Toby Jackson Sounds like a simple enough question, right? However, it turns out we can’t give a very good answer. For a big old tree in a city or a park, it is important for safety reasons to know how... Continue Reading →

White thieves and the wailing child

Brooke Jonson The old fisherman is hunched over his sandwich, and despite the late summer heat pulls his coat about himself like a little tent. “You afraid someone’s gonna nick yer bait, mister?!” someone calls out to him, to some... Continue Reading →

Tales from the South Pacific: Huahine

Ashley Sendell-Price The island of Huahine (in fact two islands: Huahine Nui and Huahine Iti) is often described as the Garden of Eden, enticing tourists with its lush forested landscape, turquoise lagoons (pictured below) and white-sand beaches. Although I do agree that... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... 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... Continue Reading →

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