Research in Biological Science

Research in the School is organised into three major interdisciplinary centres: the Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI), Biomedical Sciences Research Complex (BSRC) and Centre for Biological Diversity (CBD). Together these centres encompass the full spectrum of research in biological sciences, spanning investigations on the properties and behaviour of individual molecules to planetary environmental dynamics.

Research Impact

In REF2014 Biological Sciences in
St Andrews was rated top in Scotland and second across the UK.
Biomedical Sciences Research Complex
World class innovative multi-disciplinary research focussed on the broad theme of infection and immunity
Centre for Biological Diversity

Advancing science that underpins the diversity of life
Scottish Oceans Institute

A key focus for research excellence in marine-related science



27 Oct 2016
Ecological applications for molecular biomarkers of animal age

Prof. Simon Jarman (Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Universidade do Porto)
LT, SOI: 1:00 PM, 27 Oct 2016
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01 Nov 2016
CBD Seminar: Are indirect connections in social networks important to animal behaviour?

Lauren Brent (University of Exeter )
Seminar Room, Dyers Brae: 1:00 PM, 01 Nov 2016

Social network analysis’ ability to measure individual connectedness in both the dyadic and polyadic (or ‘indirect’) sense is one of the main features that sets it apart from more traditional approaches to the study of behaviour. Indirect connections influence the health, well-being, and financial success of humans. But whether indirect connections are important to other animals, and by consequence critical to biologists’ understanding of the causes and consequences of sociality in those animals, remains unclear. Here, I aim to demonstrate that there is mounting evidence that indirect connections are important to our understanding of animal behaviour. I focus on studies that have explored the fitness consequences of indirect connections, highlighting those that have uncovered new and important information that would not have been revealed had the focus been solely at the level of dyadic associations. Based on this overview, I conclude that although the number of studies that demonstrate that indirect connections may be an important component of animal sociality has become too great to ignore, many questions remain open and additional research is required.

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02 Nov 2016
Understanding the translation landscape at the host pathogen interface

Dr Trevor Sweeney (University of Cambridge)
Seminar Room , BMS: 1:00 PM, 02 Nov 2016
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03 Nov 2016
25 years of marine conservation in Scotland

Dr John Baxter (Scottish Natural Heritage)
Lecture Theatre, SOI: 12:00 AM, 03 Nov 2016
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09 Nov 2016
Biology Management Group meeting

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4.14, BMS: 10:00 AM, 09 Nov 2016
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17 Nov 2016
Foraging behavior and migration of marine predators revealed by modern electronic tags

Yuuki Watanabe (National Institute of Polar Reserach)
Lecture Theatre, SOI: 1:00 PM, 17 Nov 2016

The behavioral ecology of marine animals (fishes, seabirds, and marine
mammals) are now increasingly understood, primarily due to the
continuous improvement and miniaturization of electronic tags.  In this
seminar, I would like to talk about my recent studies on 1) foraging
behavior of Adelie penguins and white sharks recorded by animal-borne
video cameras, and 2) the underlying mechanism of migration patterns in
marine animals, revealed by comparative analysis of animal-tracking data.

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24 Nov 2016
Decommissioning North Sea oil and gas structures

Dr Liz Galley (Mara Environmental)
Lecture theatre, SOI: 1:00 PM, 24 Nov 2016
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07 Dec 2016
Biology Management Group meeting

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4.14, BMS: 10:00 AM, 07 Dec 2016
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14 Dec 2016
BSRC Seminar Series: Title TBA

Prof Iain Mattaj (Director General, European Molecular Biology Laboratory)
Lecture Theatre, BMS: 1:00 PM, 14 Dec 2016
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