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Charity Concert at Sommerville College: 30th March

On Sunday 30th March there will be a charity concert at Sommerville College in aid of the outdoor classroom at the Oxford University Farm

Sex, skinks, and personality

Understanding individual differences in learning is a major challenge. Pau Carazo and colleagues addressed the possibility that spatial learning ability is associated with personality traits, such as boldness, in males/females of the Eastern Water Skink (Eulamprus quoyii). They show, for the first time in reptiles, that males are better spatial learners than females, which we suggest reflects their different social roles. Furthermore they show that, across the sexes, the boldest and shyest individuals were overall better learners than intermediate individuals.

Newton Fellowship

Takao Sasaki joined the Department recently to start his Newton Fellowship

Sarah Beynon - Wallace Award

Congratulations to Sarah Beynon who has been awarded the Royal Entomological Society's 2013 Wallace Award for the best PhD thesis in the field of entomology. Sarah's thesis focused on Ecosystem Service Provision by Dung Associated Invertebrates.

Interplay of population genetics and dynamics in the genetic control of mosquitoes

A paper published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface (doi:10.1098/rsif.2013.1071) by Michael Bonsall and Nina Alphey has been featured on the University’s Science Blog.