March 4, 2020

Climate change continues to alter the global environment. One common effect is that existing areas where a species lives can become inhospitable, while other areas become more suitable for the same species to move into. These changes in the liveable environment are mos...

February 20, 2020

Every year, the Manchester Metropolitan University's Environmental Research Centre awards three prizes for best paper published by its postgraduate students in the previous 12 months.

This year, judges expressed how difficult it was to decide on the winners, especially...

November 7, 2019

Competition between plants can cause a change in the timing of key processes including nutrient uptake. But we don’t know the effect this has on the temporal dynamics i.e. the timing and rate of soil microbial activity. In newly published research, Rowntree-lab PhD stu...

October 8, 2019

MMU's Ecological Genetics & Conservation research group finally has a logo.

The diverse range of topics and study organisms across our research group is hard to encompass under one clean graphic, so we have chosen to use the eccentric mangrove.

Not only do a couple o...

October 1, 2019

The lower 48 United States host five isolated sub-populations of grizzly bears. Concern regarding the small size of the population in the Cabinet-Yaak ecosystem of north-west Montana, prompted a recovery program. Bears are translocated from other regions and Canada to...

August 1, 2019

Microsatellites markers are amongst the real workhorses of molecular ecology techniques. But what to do if markers are not already available for your species? Developing markers in a new species can be a slow and expensive process, however a new bioinformatics tool has...

February 28, 2019

Rowntree lab PhD student Emily Schofield has published the first data paper of her PhD. Emily has written a great blog post about the study, which you can read here.

The paper itself, published in Frontiers in Plant Science, can be downloaded here.


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January 13, 2019

Undergraduate students Abhiraj Chakraborty and Thomas O'Shea are heading to Ecuador for the first time to begin their placements at the Timburi Cocha Research Station, where they will be helping to maintain the station and conducting their own research projects in...

January 2, 2019

Congratulations to Adam Bland, Lead Herpetology Keeper at Chester Zoo, who has been awarded his masters degree, in which he worked on a critically endangered species of Mexican salamander under the supervision of Prof Richard Preziosi and Dr Gerardo García.

Talking ab...

November 2, 2018

Congratulations to Fraser Combe of the Harris lab for handing in his PhD thesis on dormouse population genetics today!

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