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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.

9/11 memorial research reveals artificial light at night radically changes migratory bird behaviours

Migratory birds are both attracted to and influenced by light. As a result, their behaviours alter drastically in the presence of artificial light at night, according to a new Oxford University collaboration.

Every year, billions of birds undertake migratory journeys during the spring and autumn months. Most of these spectacular movements go unseen, occurring under the cover of darkness. However, a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences offers compelling evidence that artificial light at night causes radical changes in the behaviours of migrating birds.

Shocking gaps in basic knowledge of deep sea life

Researchers at the Univeristy of Oxford have warned that deep sea creatures face an uncertain future without immediate action taken to increase research and review deep ocean conservation measures.

Vibrant, mysterious and often referred to as the ‘final frontier’, the deep sea floor is the largest habitat on Earth. This vast area, which lies below 200m and which accounts for 60% of the surface of the planet, is home to an array of creatures. However, very little is known about how it functions and, in particular, how populations of deep sea creatures are interconnected.