This year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to three scientists who have worked for decades to identify the molecular mechanism controlling our bodies’ internal clocks—our circadian rhythms. Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael W. Young first isolated the gene that controls circadian rhythms back in 1984. They discovered that this gene,... Continue Reading →
With health experts reporting the necessity to eat two meals rich in fish a week, the demand for seafood is omnipresent. But whilst people tuck into their dinner of sole, they may be horrified to learn that they could be eating Asian catfish instead. When filleted, different fish species can look indistinguishable. It is this... Continue Reading →
An elephant on the border As an elephant, Tlou rarely queues at border posts and doesn’t carry a passport when he travels. In fact, he strolls across borders without even taking note of them as he has never heard about the concept of clearly delineated nation states. This would be fine, was it not for... Continue Reading →
You’d be forgiven for thinking an in-depth understanding of animal behaviour has little to offer conservation. After all, what could detailed insights into the eating, sleeping and mating patterns of animals possibly offer to landscape-scale conservation problems such as habitat loss and invasive species? Conservation problems have traditionally been addressed by tools including protected area... Continue Reading →
Other CO2 problem: Climate change results in ocean acidification which affects calcification and behaviours of marine species.
Unless delimited by a river or mountain range, human boundaries rarely map to the habitats of non-human species. This is perhaps one of the greatest challenges we face today in the field of conservation. For every political space entails its own unique set of policies, or lack thereof, that concern the management of ecological terrains... Continue Reading →
Alas! The season to be jolly Fa la la, la la la, la la is coming to an end. It is time to pack away our fantastically gaudy Christmas jumpers adorned with outlandish images of happy snowmen and dancing polar bears, our glittery reindeer antlers and eccentric penguin socks. But will there always be... Continue Reading →
Whilst the topic of wildlife trade is vastly discussed in scientific papers and news reports highlighting on the charismatic and flagship species like sea turtles, tiger, and elephants across the global, there has been a rapid growth of research interest on the online wildlife trade reflecting the internet provides more opportunities for trading wildlife on... Continue Reading →