News archive 2016
Biologists at the universities of Exeter and York have published new research which shows that an ancient symbiosis is founded entirely on exploitation, not mutual benefit.
The University of Exeter and the Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences (Cefas) are leading on a £1.97M BBSRC-Newton Fund project.
A marine biologist from the University of Exeter has taken part in a David Attenborough series which is giving viewers unprecedented interactive access to the Great Barrier Reef via an innovative new website.
Female burying beetles are more attracted to small partners because they are less likely to get into fights, a study by researchers at the University of Exeter has found.
A new study, led by Dr Andrew Watts at the University of Exeter, has shown that the ingestion of tiny plastic rope fibres by shore crabs leads to a reduction in food intake resulting in less energy available for growth.
Mating with a large number of partners may not be as good an indicator of success as it appears, new research has shown.
The harmful effects of climate change on wildlife habitats can been counteracted by localised land management, a new research paper has suggested.
New research shows wild Aegean wall lizards found on Greek islands choose to sit on rocks that better match their individual colouring.
A ground-breaking study has confirmed the long held assumption that camouflage protects animals from the clutches of predators.
Female mammals, including humans, may try to outcompete one another by producing bigger babies, ground-breaking research conducted by scientists at the University of Exeter has suggested.
Two commercially important fish species can rapidly recover from stress attributed to short-term exposure to man-made underwater noise pollution, new research has shown.
The spread of a disease that is decimating global bee populations is manmade, and driven by European honeybee populations, new research has concluded.
The rate that fish are captured by predators can double when boats are motoring nearby, according to pioneering work led by a University of Exeter marine biologist.
Scientists studying whether species can adapt to climate change should not simply focus on how far they can move, says a conservation biologist at the University of Exeter.
A University of Exeter academic is the author of a new book that describes how animals and plants use ingenuity and cunning to exploit and mislead one another in order to survive and reproduce.
A new study, led by Dr Ceri Lewis at the University of Exeter, has highlighted physiological differences in the way two keystone species respond to environmental copper toxicity under near-future ocean acidification scenarios, raising concerns that we may be underestimating the impact of ocean acidification on coastal marine species exposed to persistent pollution.
The University of Exeter’s Professor Tamara Galloway and Dr Ceri Lewis have published a new commentary in the journal PNAS this week, highlighting the importance of a recent study on microplastics and their impact on the survival and reproduction of marine invertebrates.
A University of Exeter student has won a top £1,000 research award for her pioneering work into plankton and plastic.
Work led by University of Exeter experts could help to protect thousands of people from an often fatal disease found in most tropical regions.
Intense levels of reproductive competition trigger violent evictions of male and female banded mongooses from their family groups, University of Exeter researchers have found.
Most aquatic species sense sound via particle motion, yet few studies on underwater acoustic ecology have included measurements of particle motion.
Beetles that demonstrate same-sex sexual behaviour may be asserting dominance over rival males without having to resort to fighting, a new study has shown.
£90K investment gives undergraduates more chances to learn in the world class Aquatic Resources Centre
Dr Gregory Paull, Manager of the Aquatic Resources Centre (ARC) (with support from Elizabeth James) recently applied and received £90,000 from the HEFCE STEM Teaching Capital to upgrade facilities and purchase new specialist equipment for the ARC.
The way parasitoid wasps feed may be gruesome, but it is an extremely efficient way to exploit prey, University of Exeter research has found.
Researchers use genetic tools to reveal new insights into populations of the secretive Gray’s beaked whale throughout the waters of New Zealand and across to West Australia.
A new explanation for why female animals are usually less colourful and decorated than their male counterparts has been suggested by scientists from the University of Exeter – it could be to avoid sexual harassment.
An international consortium of scientists including researchers from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences (CEFAS) and Dr. Bryony Williams from the University of Exeter have published a new review uncovering the direct impacts and drivers of microsporidian disease infecting a diverse range of animal taxa.
Making changes to the early lives of young pheasants can help prevent them dying needlessly, University of Exeter researchers have found.
Illuminating fishing nets is a cost-effective means of dramatically reducing the number of sea turtles getting caught and dying unnecessarily.
Thousands of loggerhead turtles are killed annually in areas of Syria, Libya and Egypt and Tunisia where they travel to find food.
Divers and experts are calling for more action to protect biodiversity-rich UK rocky reefs for the future.
University of Exeter postgraduate research student wins “I’m a scientist, Get me out of here” contest
A University of Exeter scientist has been voted by children as the winner of a challenging “X Factor” style event.
University of Exeter experts will work to improve the livelihoods of coastal communities and conserve marine life in Central Africa.
CRITICALLY-endangered species of fish are being sold in sushi restaurants in the UK without adequate labelling.
New research by University of Exeter academics shows that genetic diversity helps to reduce the spread of diseases by limiting parasite evolution.
Devon residents are being asked to record cuckoos seen or heard in the county as part of an ongoing conservation project.
Low concentrations of oxygen in water systems, hypoxia, results in dramatic changes in how toxic copper is to fish embryos, new research has shown.
Two talented researchers from the University of Exeter have each been awarded £100k to further their work.
Introducing a noise net around airfields that emits sound levels equivalent to those of a conversation in a busy restaurant could prevent collisions between birds and aircraft.
A University of Exeter expert on marine pollution will be giving advice to a cross-party committee of MPs at the Palace of Westminster in London today (Monday).
Researchers call for socio-economic influences to be factored into future protection policies
A citizen science website game akin to “big brother for crickets” allows participants to take part in important hands-on research using insects.
Mammals can protect their unborn young from harmful chemicals in their blood even at the expense of their own survival odds.
Sexual conflict between males and females can lead to changes in the shape of their genitals, according to research on burying beetles.
University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory have unveiled a state of the art facility for the study of environmental microbes.
Urban birds are less afraid of litter than their country cousins according to a new study co-authored by a University of Exeter academic.
University of Exeter researchers have found novel insight into the ways cells organise themselves.
The same gene that enables tropical butterflies to mimic each other’s bright and colourful patterning also caused British moths to turn black.
Roads present a serious threat to bat populations, indicating that protection policies are failing.
Birds copy one another when trying new foods but will take more risks when doing so at different times of year.
Nesting birds time their escape from an approaching predator depending on how well camouflaged their eggs and their own bodies are.
Millions of moths that destroy vegetable crops have been spotted in Cornwall by a University of Exeter expert.
Researchers at the University of Exeter are inviting groups of people from across Cornwall to take part in a fun experiment.
A University of Exeter scientist has helped develop an innovative mathematical model for exploring why some individuals evolve to be genetically programmed to be nice, while others stay nasty.
Too many females in a wild pheasant harem harms the ability of the group to spot predators, experts from the University of Exeter have found.
A flock of cranes that ended up at the centre of a once-in-200-year flood has given researchers a rare insight into how wildlife copes with extreme weather.
Human use of artificial light is causing Spring to come at least a week early in the UK.
A marine pollution expert from the University of Exeter has given a high level presentation at the United Nations headquarters.
Crows are performing a useful function and keeping our environment free from rotting carcasses, research carried out at the University of Exeter in Cornwall has discovered.
A scientist from the University of Exeter has helped to identify a male-killing microbe in a tropical butterfly called the African Queen.
An international team, led by Dr Andrew Griffiths, has been investigating the population structure of the deep sea velvet belly lanternshark, known for its luminous blue glow, in an effort to protect them from fisheries bycatch.
A University of Exeter marine biologist has won a prestigious award for his world-class work in the field of fish ecology.
Scientists have tracked the behaviour of seabirds migrating across the Atlantic to better understand how these animals use the marine environment.
The impact of climate change on global seawater conditions could change the rules of sperm competition for many important marine species.
Invasions from alien species threaten the economies and livelihoods of residents of some of the world’s poorest nations.
A University of Exeter academic has welcomed calls from MPs for a ban on the use of microbeads in cosmetics because of the marine pollution they are causing.
A gas that was formerly known for its noxious qualities could help people with diabetes recover from heart and blood vessel complications.
The production of many insecticides such as DDT has now been banned in Europe and most of the rest of the world. However, high traces of these chemicals can still be found in fish today near where production sites used to be.
Climate change, urban expansion and agricultural intensification blamed for risk to some of Britain’s best loved species
What happens when pharmaceuticals reach the marine environment? Marine biologists from Exeter have published the results of their recent investigations in Environmental Science & Technology last month. In their article, they highlight the impact that human pharmaceuticals can have on aquatic species.
Foraging seabirds use oceanic fronts as an efficient means to forage for food, according to an international study that could help safeguard the future of protected species.
New research finds that fish with consistent and predictable personalities are more successful in social groups and help to build tighter and more coordinated shoals.
Coastal dwelling marine wildlife, including crabs, lobsters and shellfish, which play a crucial role in the food chain, are more vulnerable to harmful plastic pollution than previously expected.
Three outstanding early-career scientists from the University of Exeter have been bestowed with prestigious fellowships from the Royal Society.
Six talented early career researchers have received international recognition for their research efforts.
Some of the most iconic giants of the animal kingdom, such as the imperious African elephant and the majestic lion, are most vulnerable to the detrimental impact of human expansion.
Fish may have regional accents and use slightly different “chatter” in different parts of the world.
Fish farms may hold key to studying the impact of rising CO2 on marine life, and if fish could adapt to climate change.
The public have been urged to help solve the mystery of why one of Britain’s best-loved animals, the hedgehog, is in decline.
Fears that climate change is promoting a fungal disease which can devastate coffee crops may be unfounded, research by the University of Exeter suggests.
Scientists could harness the power of evolution to stop mosquitoes spreading malaria, according to new research by the University of Exeter and the University of California, Berkeley.
The ash dieback fungus could spread more quickly and affect more trees than previously expected, according to research at the University of Exeter.
Research at the University of Exeter goes live this month, with scientists investigating microplastic pollution beaming their work straight into schools.
Shedding a few pounds might be a good strategy in the human dating game, but for crickets the opposite is true.
A large-scale study of Caribbean coral has yielded discoveries on the pairing process between an endangered coral and the microscopic symbiotic algae they rely on for survival.
Bees use a variety of senses and memory of previous experiences when deciding where to forage for pollen, research by the University of Exeter suggests.
Hundreds of bat deaths at on-shore windfarms in the UK could be prevented by better risk assessments and simple changes to the operation of turbines.
The first assessment of underwater noise in the UK marine environment has been carried out by a research partnership including the University of Exeter.
The opportunity to produce bountiful levels of vital food crops such as apples, tomatoes and watermelons could be boosted by reducing a crop’s demand for pollinators, new research has shown.
One of the world’s foremost marine pollution experts has welcomed today’s (Monday) announcement that there will be a Government review into the impact of microplastics on human health.
The University of Exeter is part of a newly awarded £19 million doctorial training partnership programme with industry leaders.
Bird feeders visited more often in suburban gardens than terraced streets.
Researchers from the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory have studied the findings from beach litter surveys carried out over a ten year period.
An English beaver and her young steal the spotlight in the latest captivating episode of NatureWatch, released today.
Businesses routinely use internet data to learn about customers and increase profits – and similar techniques could be used to boost conservation.
As Britain voted for Brexit amid furious debate over migration, trillions of migrants were coming and going, unseen by all but the sharpest eyes.
Ash trees which can resist the killer dieback fungus may be more vulnerable to attacks by insects, according to new research.