Learn more about Charles Darwin and his collection at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Charles Darwin may be the most famous biologist of all time, but do you know his connection with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History?
The Museum spent over 75 years cataloguing Darwin's huge collection of crustaceans into this database. To find out why they...
Lockdown Walks - Who's that American in the woods?
Plant scientist Dr Hayley Tumas is out for a walk in the English countryside...but she's not the only American in the woods! The Douglas fir has been found in the UK for around 200 years - but how did this huge tree, native to the Pacific Northwest of America, make the jump across the pond? Find out in this episode of 'Lockdown Walks'!
Learn more about the displays at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History
What do the Iguanodon, Alice in Wonderland, and a dodo have in common? You can find them all in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, of course!
Read on to find out more about the treasures found within the museum.
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...
I’m an evolutionary biologist and work mostly with big reptiles, like crocs, birds and dinosaurs. I’m one of those annoying people who always knew what they wanted to be, even in kindergarden I’d excitedly peep out “Dinosaur Scientist!”. I went on to do a biology undergrad in Germany, at the University of Göttingen, with a thesis focus on the...
Where are all the Mangarahara cichlid hiding?
In the early 2000s, Brian Zimmerman and his team at London Zoo received a donation from a private fish-breeder of some Mangarahara cichlids. At the time, scientists hadn’t yet officially described the species. Not much was known about it, other than its provenance, the Mangarahara river in Madagascar. Little did the team know that within a...
I am a marine biologist fascinated by the largest environment on planet Earth: the oceans. As a student, I gained a broad knowledge on all aspects of Biology during my Bachelor’s degree at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, then focused in Aquatic Sciences during my Master’s at University College of London (UCL), before specialising in...
Talk on how DNA provides a record of the impact of natural selection on animal evolution
In this video, Professor Chris Ponting from Oxford University talks about genomes. Although we have now completely sequenced the human genome, there is still much that we don't understand. For example, there is still a vast portion of the human genome that we call "Junk DNA" - the function of many parts of the human genome remains obscure.
Do all lions sound the same?
If you've ever been lucky enough to hear a lion roar (whether that's at the zoo or in the wild - hopefully at a safe distance!), you'll know that it's a truly bone-shaking experience. But do lions have a unique roar, or do they all sound the same? How could knowing this help with conservation efforts? Join us for this episode of the Big...
Lockdown Walks - Spring Plants
"Spring has sprung, the flowers are here, but how do they know it's the right time of year?"
If you've been out on a lockdown walk lately, you'll no doubt have noticed that the first flowers of spring have pushed their way through the soil into the sunlight. But how do they know when the time is right? Find out in this episode of '...