Prof Simon Hiscock is Director of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum, and a Professor of Botany in the Department of Plant Sciences.
His research focuses on using genetics and genomics to explore the fundamental processes underlying plant reproduction and evolution. He is currently working on the Senecio (ragworts,...
What can a power ballad teach us about the sex life of a fruit fly?
Birds do it, bees do it, even the tiniest insects do it…but the sex life of certain insects might surprise you…
For this week’s episode of the Oxford Sparks Big Question podcast series, we visited a karaoke bar with Stuart Wigby, Sally le Page and Eleanor Bath from the Department of Zoology, Oxford University, to find out what a power...
How do unborn babies and mothers communicate via the placenta?
The placenta is a fascinating organ, which allows communication between mother and foetus through the release of bubble-like vesicles. Could the messages within these vesicles provide an early warning of diseases such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia? Scientists at the University of Oxford are finding out.
Why should we cuddle?
Who doesn’t love a cuddle? Whether it is from a pet or a person they just make us feel good. But, would you believe wrapping your arms around someone else can actually improve your gut health?
In this episode of the Oxford Sparks 'Big Questions' podcast we are looking at lemurs and asking: Why should we cuddle?
To find out we went...
Dance and music video illustrating the evolution of an alternative male mating strategy
This hilarious (if somewhat risque) song from Cedric Tan, postdoctoral researcher at Wadham College, explains a new evolving strategy in the dating game:
All together now...
"I think you'd better find yourself a less attractive friend!"
Watch the music video by following the link below.
Winner of 'Dance your PhD 2011': Smell mediated response to relatedness of potential mates
Watch 2011's winning 'Dance Your PhD' video by Wadham biology tutor Cedric Tan! Through a well-choreagraphed dance he depicts his research into fruit fly behaviour, showing how male flies court their prospective mates, and how females make mate choices based on males' smell. His dance also shows that male flies compete less if they are more...
Find out more about insect birth control
This blog contains an archive of photographs relating to the Royal Academy of Science Summer exhibition back in 2012, which researched into insect birth control.
The Power of The Pill
Is female-controlled contraception one of the greatest things that science has done for women? With International Women’s Day taking place in March, we tackle this question face on in this thought-provoking panel discussion on the science, ethics and future of hormone-based contraceptive technology. How has the Pill changed the lives of women...
Does love have a scent?
Love is in the air - or is it? Companies are advertising that they can find you love through the power of scent! But are pheromones a chemical way to find your true love? Or is it just a myth?
In this episode of the Oxford Sparks Big Questions podcast we are looking at the science behind love at first smell and asking does love have a...
I am a full time DPhil student at Nuffield Department of Women’s and Reproductive Health. My current research examines the pathophysiological mechanisms that cause Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. Despite being the most common metabolic gestational complication, affecting 10% of pregnancies, few women have heard of it before they’re told they...