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Ilkka Hanski

10 May 2016: It is with great sadness that we learnt today of the death of distinguished ecologist Ilkka Hanski. Ilkka did his DPhil in the Department in the late 1970’s and then returned to the University of Helsinki where he pioneered the field of spatial ecology doing hugely influential experimental and theoretical studies on metapopulations and related topics. He was a friend and collaborator of many people in the Department and will be much missed.

Unpredictable environments lead to the evolution of parental neglect in birds

Work by Shana Caro, Ashleigh Griffin, Camilla Hinde and Stuart West has shown that environmental variation can explain variation in the way that parents and offspring communicate. Examining data from 143 bird species, they have shown that in predictably good environments, the offspring in the worse condition beg the most, and are fed the most. In contrast, in unpredictable and poor environments, the parents pay less attention to begging and preferentially feed the offspring in the best condition.

3D seminar

Oxford Zoology experiences a 3D seminar, presented by Sarah Reece, showing how malaria parasite males search for females.

Zoology staff included in a Royal Society Publication

Four Zoology staff have been included in a Royal Society Publication celebrating the diversity of work life patterns in Science. “Parent Carer Scientist” can be downloaded here or via the Royal Society Website

Ben Sheldon was interviewed about this in the Guardian:

Undergraduate Publication: The Bee Book

Fergus Chadwick, who is a final year Biological Sciences undergraduate has co-authored "The Bee Book" published by Dorling Kindersley.

Book synopsis:
Bees are a marvel of nature and vital to human existence. The Bee Book is a great introduction to bees and beekeeping and celebrates the wonder of bees in nature, in our gardens and in the hive.