Biosciences

MSc Conservation and Biodiversity

Research highlights

For the further information about research in the School of Biosciences, see the Biosiences Research webpages.

  • Research by experts at the Centre for Ecology and Conservation has revealed epic ocean-spanning journeys of the gigantic leatherback turtle, thanks to groundbreaking research using satellite tracking. The research, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, has shed new light on the little-known migration behaviour of these animals - following their movement from the world's largest breeding colony in Gabon, Central Africa, as they returned to feeding grounds across the South Atlantic. The study involved partners in Parcs Gabon, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), PTMG (Marine Turtle Partnership for Gabon), the Trans-Atlantic Leatherback Conservation Initiative (TALCIN) - a multi-partner effort co-ordinated by WWF and seaturtle.org.
  • Professor Nina Wedell, an evolutionary biologist, has been honoured with a Royal Society award. The award recognises her outstanding research achievement and potential. Professor Wedell, a member of the Centre for Ecology and Conservation at the Cornwall Campus, has been given the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.
  • Researchers have uncovered a 'missing link' in the fungal tree of life after analysing samples taken from one of the University's ponds. Their study, published in Nature, explains the discovery of a hitherto unknown type of fungi which has fundamentally expanded the scientific understanding of this group of organisms. The researchers have temporarily named the new group cryptomycota - which is Greek for 'hidden fungi'.
  • Research published in the journals Science and PNAS has revealed a previously unidentified role that fish play in the marine inorganic carbon cycle and in the production of carbonate sediments that contain critical records of changes in ocean chemistry and climate shifts in the geological past. The sedimentary component, discovered by a team of scientists from Exeter, Manchester, Liverpool and the USA, has major implications for understanding the formation of ancient limestone and chalk deposits. This represents a unique integration of fish physiology and geosciences.