Still ‘Hope’ for a stranded Blue Whale

Dr Natalie Cooper (as seen in the image below) from the Natural History Museum in London travelled to Bangor to give our group a talk this week on the interesting topic of macroevolution and macroecology. Her key interests include the broad scale evolutionary patterns and the evolution of the diversity of plants and the animal... Continue Reading →

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Careers cafe, did you say?

Admittedly upon arrival and until 3/4 of the way through the workshop that the university had put on, I had this named as careers NO cafe, but to every student's delight hot drinks and biscuits magically appeared and so it was worth it. I was also shocked that welsh water turned up as they had billed me... Continue Reading →

A new orangutan species

Now i love to call them orangatingles, always have, always will. Not very professional i know, but it sticks quite well. There was only ever thought to be 2 species, the Bornean ( P. pygmaeus) and Sumatran (P. abelii). A third species named the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis) is the first new great ape species for almost a century. There was... Continue Reading →

Killer Whales: A tale of 2 pods

Dr Andy Foote gave a talk to a BioSoc society about killer whales which are the largest species in the dolphin family. They are apex predators and nothing predates on them. Andy has been working with these majestic creatures for most of his academic career. He talked about the ecological, genetic and phenotypic variation of Orcinus... Continue Reading →

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