My research centres around how to monitor penguins and other marine predators in difficult environments such as Antarctica. Many of the most important environments on the planet are too data deficient to understand the changes occurring there, and the implications for global change, which in turn stalls effective management. I spend a lot of...
Learn more about the Dodo on display at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Ever heard the phrase 'dead as a dodo'?
The dodo may be well and truly gone, but at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, DNA research is still being done on the only surviving soft tissue known in the world. Find out more at the link below!
I have always been fascinated by the Polar Regions – the harsh but beautiful landscapes, the epic stories of human exploration, and – most of all – the animals that find their home there. These creatures don’t just survive in their environment, they thrive in it, perfectly adapted to the conditions.
The Laboratory With Leaves: Researching the birds at Wytham Woods
Over 60 years of tagging, observing and scrutinising the thousands of blue and great tits in Wytham Woods has resulted in a colossal body of research that makes Wytham's birds the best understood in...
I was obsessed with animals from childhood and was very lucky to have a parent that happily indulged my passion. It was a logical choice to study Zoology when I finished school, and I graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSc in Zoology in 2011 before completing an MRes in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation at Imperial College...
The Canary in the Coal Mine: could seabirds provide early warning signs for our oceans?
Dr Annette Fayet tells us about the Manx Shearwater; a little seabird that makes a huge journey.
Seabird monitoring - witnesses in the wild
Seabirds – including penguins – are amongst the most threatened animals on the planet. They are also very useful indicators of wider environmental change. But how do you effectively monitor species which live in hard-to-reach places, such as Antarctica? A team of scientists at the University of Oxford has come up with a...
Lockdown Walks - Is this a fossil I see before me?
You find fossils on the beach, right? If you're really lucky and spend ages looking? WRONG! Fossils - by which we mean the preserved remains of ancient life - can be found all around us! Including, as Matt Sutton tells us, in the centre of town...Make sure you look out for one next time you're out for a walk around town!
Can celebrities save the pangolin?
'Influencers' are here like never before...log on to social media, and there will be someone there to tell you what to cook or what to wear...But what about when it comes to wildlife conservation? For instance, how much impact can a celebrity have when it comes to saving an endangered species? In this episode of the Oxford Sparks Big Questions...
There’s No Place Like Home 1 - Wytham Woods
Professor Ben Sheldon describes one of the World’s longest-running ecological studies, into birds in their natural environments.
Starting in 1947, the study of the Great Tit explores basic data including numbers, life spans and productivity from over 1,200 nest boxes.