This page will provide links to the many talk series, seminars and invited lectures in the school of biology. A rolling list of upcoming events can be found at the bottom of this page.

CBD relevant:

The Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciences is an interdisciplinary community of researchers who study the behaviour of human beings and other animals from cellular, neural, cognitive and evolutionary perspectives. The Institute brings together faculty members, research staff and students from the Schools of Biology, Psychology & Neuroscience, Medicine and Chemistry, with the aim of fostering progress at interfaces of the behavioural and neural sciences.

The Cognitive Journal Club is made of members of members of the Schools of Psychology and Neuroscience, and Biology. CJC meets fortnightly on Mondays over lunch during term times for an informal discussion of recent empirical and theoretical articles about cognition.

The Friday lab chat series is a get-together of evolutionary biologists who meet in the seminar room of the Sir Harold Mitchell Building, 1 pm on Fridays, for informal talks about research. Bring your lunch. And a willingness to participate.

The Laland lab meets biweekly to informally discuss both their work and recent papers. They meet on Thursdays at 10.30. Please contact Keelin Murray (kmm26(at) to find out more.

BMS relevant:

You can find details of seminars in the biomedical sciences research complex here.

BSRC conferences are listed here.

SOI relevant:

The SOI seminar series take place on Thursdays at 1pm in the Garry lecture theatre. You can find out more at the SOI web pages.


 BioNet is a network aimed at making the School of Biology feel more connected. It is a good way to get out and meet like-minded people from your department who want to get out there, talk about what they do and have fun! They run bi-monthly seminar sessions, social events, field-trips and workshops.



30 Mar 2017
SOI Seminar: Managing the use of unmanned aircraft systems for the benefit of marine mammals

Courtney Smith (NOAA Fisheries, Office of Protected Resources, Permits and Conservation Division )
Lecture Theatre D, Bute: 1:00 PM, 30 Mar 2017

Abstract:  The development of advanced technologies to enhance conservation science often outpaces the abilities of wildlife managers to assess and ensure such new tools are safely used in proximity to wild animals. Recently, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have become more accessible to civilian operators and are quickly being integrated into existing research paradigms to replace manned aircraft. Several federal statutes require scientists to obtain research permits to closely approach protected species of wildlife, such as marine mammals, but the lack of available information on the effects of UAS operations on these species has made it difficult to evaluate and mitigate potential impacts. Here, I present an updated synthesis of the current state of scientific understanding of the impacts of UAS usage near marine mammals and identify key data gaps and challenges that are limiting the ability of marine resource managers within the U.S. to develop appropriate guidelines, policies, or regulations for safe and responsible operation of UAS near marine mammals.

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30 Mar 2017
Wildlife Society Global Conservation Seminar: Where Will Global Conservation be in 50 Years?

(St Andrews Wildlife Conservation Society)
School 2, St Salvator's Quad, Other: 7:00 PM, 30 Mar 2017
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06 Apr 2017
SOI seminar: Skilful predictions of the winter North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO)

Dr Nick Dunstone (Met Office)
Lecture theatre D, Bute: 1:00 PM, 06 Apr 2017

The winter North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) is the primary mode of atmospheric variability in the North Atlantic sector. It has a profound impact on surface conditions over the North Atlantic ocean and temperature & precipitation over Europe and North America. The NAO exhibits pronounced interannual variability, particularly in the last decade, with strong positive NAO leading to mild & stormy European winters (e.g. 2011/12, 2013/14) and strong negative NAO winters giving cold & dry winters (e.g. 2009/10, 2010/11). Until recently seasonal forecasting systems have had no significant skill in predicting the winter NAO, leading many to assume that the NAO was largely a chaotic mode of atmospheric variability and inherently unpredictable. Here I will outline our recent work using the Met Office high-resolution climate models to show that the NAO is indeed predictable both one month ahead of winter and that significant skill still remains one year ahead. I will  examine the drivers of predictability on these two timescales and show that the discovery of NAO predictability is at odds with the skill of the model predicting itself. This surprising result indicates that the real-world is in fact far more predictable than we previously thought and it is likely that even the latest high-resolution climate models are unable to realistically represent the physical processes and feedbacks operating in the real world, resulting in too little signal and/or too much noise. Finally, I show how these new skilful NAO predictions are beginning to be used to aid decision making in government and industry.

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07 Apr 2017
CBD Seminar: The originsof biodiversity: evolution and development

Linda Holland (University of California, Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
Lecture Theatre D, Bute: 1:00 PM, 07 Apr 2017

Emeritus Professor and recipient of the prestigious Kowalevsky Medal for joint work with her husband for distinguished achievements in evolutionary developmental biology and comparative zoology.

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13 Apr 2017

Petra Neveceralova (Charles University, Prague)
, BMS: 1:00 PM, 13 Apr 2017
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19 Apr 2017
BSRC Seminar Series: Electroreceptor development,physiology and evolution: insights from paddlefish

Dr Clare Baker (Dept. of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge)
Lecture Theatre D, BMS: 1:00 PM, 19 Apr 2017

Director of Studies for Natural Sciences at Peterhouse College and researcher in the development and evolution of the vertebrate sensory nervous system.

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20 Apr 2017

Heather Vance + (Sea Mammal Research Unit)
Lecture Theatre D, Bute: 1:00 PM, 20 Apr 2017
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27 Apr 2017
Sea ice and zooplankton variability in the Arctic

Martin Doble (SAMS)
LTD, Bute: 1:00 PM, 27 Apr 2017
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