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Tagged With: marine biology

What makes a good conservation photograph?

By Davide Gaglio, amateur photographer and student at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology Describing what photography is for me is already a very difficult task. When we narrow the topic to ‘conservation photography’ it becomes even more challenging. Is not easy to judge when a photograph including wildlife or a natural resource is … Continue reading »

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What we can learn from our peers around the globe?

Guest blogger Charlotte Eve Davies, a PhD student at Swansea University, talks about receiving a Society of Biology Travel Grant to go to the AVC Lobster Science Centre, Canada. ‘So what do you do?’ is the question I get asked rather often. People look at me and assume, at the age of 24, I should … Continue reading »

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Species of the week: the parasitic barnacle Sacculina

Krystal Deutsch describes a parasite which chemically castrates its host Sacculina is a parasitic barnacle that depends on crabs for its growth and reproduction. A female Sacculina larva finds a crab, sheds its hard outer layer and injects her soft inner body through a joint in the crab’s shell, entering the crustacean’s body and using … Continue reading »

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A dolphin’s smile – are aquariums ethical?

by Natasha Neill, Executive Officer at the Society of Biology. The latest issue of The Biologist included an article on William Alford Lloyd, the man who brought aquariums to Britain. Aquariums and zoos can be amazing environments where lifelong passions are born, but their popularity in some regions has spawned institutions with animals obtained through … Continue reading »

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Species of the week: Bottlenose dolphin

by Pippy Downs, a Year 11 work experience pupil from The Folkestone School for Girls Bottlenose dolphins are well known for being able to perform complex tricks. They have a friendly, permanent smile from their curved bottle like noses. Most people call them ‘dolphins’ however the scientific family name for dolphins is Delphinidae. They are … Continue reading »

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The peculiarities of the jellyfish nervous system

Guest post from Joseph Jebelli, a PhD student at UCL What is it like to be a jellyfish? These beautifully mesmerising creatures are so bizarre, so alien to us in so many respects that one can easily be forgiven for struggling to come up with a good answer. Biologically, jellyfish have long been thought of … Continue reading »

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