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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.

Zoology spin-out sold for $160M

Oxitec, a spin-out company from the Department of Zoology, is to be sold to a US corporation for $160M. This should enable the science initiated in this Department to have even greater global impact in tackling major mosquito-borne diseases and pest insects. Oxitec was founded in 2002 by Luke Alphey, then a Departmental Lecturer in Zoology - and now a Visiting Professor - and uses genetic modification to design sterile male insects for control of pests or disease vectors. The technology is already being applied to tackle dengue fever in the Cayman Islands, Brazil and Panama.