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Department of Biosciences

Department of Biosciences

The Department of Biosciences is composed of 51 academic staff and research fellows with research and teaching interests that span the broad spectrum of the Biosciences. The Department studies biology from the smallest to the largest scales; from the structures and functions of biological molecules, through to cells, tissues and organisms and to the entire global ecosystem. The interests of academic staff include all types of living organisms, from bacteria, through the plant and animal kingdoms, to human health and disease. The Department also has strong interdisciplinary links with the physical and social sciences. With excellent facilities for carrying out both teaching and research, we offer high quality undergraduate teaching programmes, and a supportive environment for research staff and postgraduate students.

The Department ranks in the top ten UK Biology Departments for research impact and contributes to multidisciplinary University initiatives in the Bio-X-network.

The Department has superb core research facilities.

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Professor Keith Lindsey

Head of Department


We also support teaching programmes in Natural Sciences.

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News

Prehistoric changes in vegetation could predict future of Earth’s ecosystems

Dramatic changes in the Earth’s vegetation at the end of the last ice age could be a sign of future climate driven changes if greenhouse gas emissions are not cut.

(3 Sep 2018) » More about Prehistoric changes in vegetation could predict future of Earth’s ecosystems


Hybridisation and detection of a hybrid zone between mesic and desert ragworts (Senecio) across an aridity gradient in the eastern Mediterranean

New research published by Richard J. Abbott, Hans P. Comes, Zoë A. Goodwin and Adrian C. Brennan
in Plant Ecology and Diversity.

(31 Jul 2018) » More about Hybridisation and detection of a hybrid zone between mesic and desert ragworts (Senecio) across an aridity gradient in the eastern Mediterranean


Spatio-temporal variation in fitness responses to contrasting environments in Arabidopsis thaliana

New research by, Moises Exposito-Alonso, Adrian C. Brennan, Carlos Alonso-Blanco, F. Xavier Picó to be published in the Journal: Evolution.

(27 Jul 2018) » More about Spatio-temporal variation in fitness responses to contrasting environments in Arabidopsis thaliana


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Contact Details

Department of Biosciences,
Durham University,
Stockton Road,
Durham,
DH1 3LE

Telephone:
+44 (0)191 3341200

Gold rated for teaching excellence and student outcomes