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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Hungry birds as climate change drives food mismatch
Warmer springs create a mismatch where hungry chicks hatch too late to feast on abundant caterpillars, new research shows.
(24 Apr 2018) » More about Hungry birds as climate change drives food mismatch
High number of barriers in Europe’s rivers could hinder natural river function
The density of barriers in European rivers is much higher than indicated by available databases according to a new study by AMBER (Adaptive Management of Barriers in European Rivers), involving Durham Biosciences, Geography and Business School. Citizen scientists are being asked to report river barriers by using a smartphone app called Barrier Tracker (download at iTunes or Google Play).
(20 Apr 2018) » More about Barriers in Europe's rivers
Deep sea fish choose habitat according to genotype, new research says
Scientists have found evidence of natural selection in a deep-sea fish species adapting to the depth of ocean that it inhabits.
Seminars coming up
- Thank you to everyone who took part in this weeks #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek by sharing there top tips on how to de-stress.
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- Heather Goodman - 'I find mindfulness practice useful. It's about being present & not letting things rush past u. A… https://t.co/xmDftndo5h
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