The Freshwater Blog - the science, policy and conservation of freshwater ecosystems
Freshwater ecosystems are crucial for the humans who depend on them, but they're also fascinating within their own right. They include lakes and ponds, rivers, streams, springs, and wetlands.
Unfortunately, freshwater ecosystems are under threat, with extinction rates for the creatures who live in them up to...
Information on what the Oxford University Museum of Natural History can offer to schools and teachers of KS2
The Oxford University Museum of Natural History has an amazing set of resources for Key Stage 2. Check out their Rock Star, Dinosaur Detectives, Skeleton Crew, and Insects trails, appropriate for years 3-6. There's also an abundance of image galleries and information sheets to be found here, so check it out!
Sara Lil Middleton
I was always a curious child growing up, trying to understand the natural world around me through climbing trees, studying and collecting spiders and watching nature documentaries. My love for nature and the environment continued throughout my schooling and higher education. I studied science at A Level (Physics, Biology and Geography), which...
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!
Global Strategy for Plant Conservation lectures
The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) has set 16 targets for 2020 and is supported by the conservation work at the Oxford Botanic Garden. Learn more about it with this series of four lectures given to third year biology undergraduates by botanist Timothy Walker. The lecture series covers the creation of the GSPC, how threatened...
I received my bachelor's degree in 1996 from Claremont McKenna College, a small liberal arts college in California. I then read just about everything Stephen J Gould ever wrote over the following three years while wandering the deserts of Turkmenistan and working for an environmental consultancy in Azerbaijan. Deciding that evolution was cooler...
Are bats superheroes or villains?
The Big Questions podcast is back with a new series, and we start with a special Halloween edition! Join University of Oxford evolutionary virologist Emilia Skirmuntt as we learn all about the weird and wonderful world of bats, and ask the question 'Are bats superheroes or villains?'
I am an electronics engineer and scientist working on the improvement of solar energy generation. Climate change is one of the defining challenges of our time and I firmly believe that we must do everything possible to achieve a low-carbon future. This is why I am committed to working on materials and technologies that can result in better...
Describe yourself in three words: Ginger cat enthusiast.
Using your science to reveal how much rain fell on the dinosaurs
During the Cretaceous period (145 to 66 million years ago), the world was very different! It was hotter, with more rainfall, and dinosaurs would have roamed the lush wetlands and forests that existed in the UK. Understanding these past warm worlds can help us...