Latest Blogs

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    The Beauty in Science

    Dr Hannah Newton, organiser of the recent outreach exhibition ‘The Beauty in Science’, reviews the successes and public feedback from the project.

  • The Secret of Youth for Meerkat Mothers?

    Dr Stuart Sharp, recently appointed as a lecturer in animal ecology, explains how the cooperative breeding system of meerkats may reduce the ageing effects of bearing offspring.

  • The Secret of Youth for Meerkat Mothers?

    Anyone who saw the recent episode of BBC Two’s Natural World “Meerkats: Secrets of An Animal Superstar” will know that the Kalahari Meerkat Project, led by Professor Tim Clutton-Brock at the University of Cambridge, is one of the world’s longest running animal behaviour studies.

  • Nibbling an elephant - a summer research placement

    Someone once said that choosing a career path is like trying to eat an elephant – you don’t know where to take the first bite.  Environmental Biology student Jonathan Harvey took his first mouthful this summer, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    Ancient volcanic activity on asteroids

    Emeritus Professor Lionel Wilson explains how data from the spacecraft Dawn show that the same kinds of volcanic eruptions that happen on Earth now took place on some asteroids 4570 million years ago.

  • A view of Earth's atmoshere from space

    Change that you can believe in: Global warming and the IPCC

    Dr Paul Young, a contributing author for the recent International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, explains how the IPCC compiles its reports, and explores the report's conclusions.

  • Working with Owls

    Earth and Environmental Science student Karla Gudgeon volunteers with owls to support their conservation, and even tries to fly like one.  

  • Mycorrhizal funghi have dissolved the surface of a clay particle to leave a pit where it grew. Photo: Joe Quirk

    A journey through soil time

    Professor John Quinton reflects on the importance of the humble soil beneath our feet, following the annual meeting of the British Society of Soil Science hosted at Lancaster Environment Centre. 

  • Can the Digital Age save the World?

    Hayley Pearson a Lancaster University postgraduate student, explains how Digital Marketing, Biodiversity and Conservation could be combined in the 21st Century.

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    So you want to be an environmental scientist

    Recent graduate, Freyja Scarborough, has just spent a month as a research assistant. She reflects on the joys of life in the field, and her new passion for extracting, sieving and analysing soil.