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.

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



29 Jan 2015
SOI seminar: Osmolytes and osmoregulation in euryhaline teleosts AND Field measurements of the detection function of Blainville's beaked whale (Mesoplodon densirostris) using passive acoustics

Clare Degan AND Kalliopi-Charitomeni (Popi) Gkikopoulou (St Andrews University)
Gatty Lecture Theatre, SOI: 1:00 PM, 29 Jan 2015
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29 Jan 2015
Environmental Change Research Group Seminar Series: The largest peatland complex in Amazonia: carbon, vegetation and long-term ecosystem dynamics

Freddie Draper (University of Leeds)
Seminar Room 310, Irvine Building: 1:00 PM, 29 Jan 2015

Freddie Draper is a 3rd year PhD student from the University of Leeds.
The Pastaza Marañon foreland basin in North-east Peru has recently been found to harbour extensive peatlands that are known to store large quantities of carbon and contain a diverse range of ecosystem types. However, much uncertainty remains regarding the quantity of carbon stored within the basin, and very little is known of the vegetation found in the peatlands. In this seminar I will present two things: Firstly, a new quantification of the peatland above- and below-ground carbon stock that uses a novel data fusion approach, encompassing both optical and radar remote sensing products alongside extensive field measurements. Secondly, I will present contemporary and historical vegetation (pollen) data from over 80 forest plots and four peat cores, providing new insights into vegetation dynamics through both space and time in these peatland ecosystems.
If you are interested in the carbon part of this work, you can find more information here:
The part about contemporary and historical vegetation is new and exciting and not yet published… so you’ll have to come along and hear about it!

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31 Jan 2015
A Celebration of Oceania Cultures & Marine Environments: Pitcairn Marine Reserve

Jacqui Christian (Pitcairn Island Government)
Byre Theatre, Other: 3:00 PM, 31 Jan 2015

In 2013, the Pitcairn Islands Government invited the National Geographic & Pew Conservation to undertake an expedition to look at Pitcairn’s' coral reefs - which resulted in the discovery of pristine reefs - and an initiative to create what would be the world's largest marine park and sustainable tourism. Ms Jacqui Christian from the Pitcairn Island Government will be visiting St Andrews, January 30th - 31st, to discuss life on Pitcairn, the current status of the marine park initiative, and to discuss the Pitcairn's interest in oceanographic and sustainability research.
Ms Jacqui Christian will be giving a public talk at the Byre Theatre on Saturday January 31st. All staff and families are warmly invited to attend.

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03 Feb 2015
School of Medicine Research Seminar Series: Inflammation as a cause of myocardial infarction

Professor David Crossman (University of St Andrews, Dean of Medicine)
Lecture Theatre, MBS: 1:00 PM, 03 Feb 2015
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04 Feb 2015
BSRC Seminar Series: On growth and proliferation - growth control in animal cells

Dr. Mikael Björklund (University of Dundee, College of Life Sciences)
Lecture Theatre, BMS: 1:00 PM, 04 Feb 2015
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06 Feb 2015
BSRC Seminar Series: Antimicrobial Resistance - a threat to humanity

Professor Dame Sally Davies, FMedSci, DBE, FRS (UK Chief Medical Officer)
Lecture Theatre, MBS: 1:00 PM, 06 Feb 2015
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10 Feb 2015
Biology Athena Swan Committee

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Seminar Room, Harold Mitchell: 1:30 PM, 10 Feb 2015
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18 Feb 2015
Biology Management Group

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Room 4.14, BMS: 2:00 PM, 18 Feb 2015
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19 Feb 2015
SOI seminar: The perception of hydrodynamic stimuli

Dr Wolf Hanke (University of Rostock)
Gatty Lecture Theatre, SOI: 1:00 PM, 19 Feb 2015
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20 Feb 2015
SOI seminar: Sleepers creepers? Evidence of Pacific sleeper shark predation on Steller sea lions and implications for Alaskan fisheries

Dr Markus Horning (Marine Mammal Institute, Oregon State University)
Gatty Lecture Theatre, SOI: 1:00 PM, 20 Feb 2015

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26 Feb 2015
SOI seminar: Why do penguins inhale before dives?

Prof Katsufumi Sato (Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo)
Gatty Lecture Theatre, SOI: 1:00 PM, 26 Feb 2015
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05 Mar 2015
SOI seminar: Using data-driven models to identify drivers of sea louse infestations on wild and farmed salmon

Prof Crawford Revie and Dr Maya Groner (University of Prince Edward Island, Canada)
Gatty Lecture Theatre, SOI: 1:00 PM, 05 Mar 2015

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11 Mar 2015
Biology Management Group

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Room 4.14, BMS: 9:30 AM, 11 Mar 2015
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12 Mar 2015
SOI seminar: Comparative diving eco-physiology: a tool to assess environmental change

Dr Andreas Fahlman (Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, USA)
Gatty Lecture Theatre, SOI: 1:00 PM, 12 Mar 2015

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18 Mar 2015
BSRC Seminar Series: Fragment-based drug discovery- a decade of thinking small

Dr Harren Jhoti (Astex Pharmaceuticals)
Lecture Theatre, BMS: 1:00 PM, 18 Mar 2015
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