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BLOG: The Physiological Costs of Reproductive Effort in Male Primates

This Monday the Zoology department were treated to a stimulating seminar from Dr Alexander Georgiev featuring an insight into the male mating efforts of chimpanzees, the dominance hierarchies of Rhesus macaques, and a fascinating tale of the consequences of one male’s surprisingly assertive strategies.

How 14 Billion Dollars Protected Earth's Species

Billions of dollars of financial investment in global conservation has significantly reduced biodiversity loss, according to a new research led by Oxford University.

For twenty-five years, we have known that we need to spend more on nature conservation, or face a modern mass extinction as serious as that of the dinosaurs. But governments and donors have been unwilling to come up with the necessary budgets, often because there was little hard evidence that the money spent on conservation does any good.

Kayla King wins prestigious Leverhulme Prize

Dr Kayla King has won a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize. The award recognises the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising.

Predicting the effect of habitat modification on networks of interacting species

When humans modify natural ecosystems, how do interactions among species change? New research has found that mathematical models can predict complex changes in insect behaviour using simple descriptions of their feeding preferences.

The research, published in the journal Nature Communications, was able to predict parasitism rates after deforestation without the need for extensive field data.

Keeping moving - stem cell migration in worms is controlled by genes involved in human cancer

A new study carried out by the University of Oxford has used migrating stem cells in flat worms to investigate regenerative properties that are found in cancer cells.

Researchers from the Aboobaker lab in the Department of Zoology have taken advantage of a special type of worm that is full of stem cells that migrate. The worms, called planarians, are known for their ability to regenerate all their tissues and organs repeatedly again and again. This process requires the activity of their stem cells that constantly divide to make all the new cells.