Research

The ghosts of Bird Island

April 25, 2016 3

Back in 2009, I was studying for my Zoology degree at the University of Southampton. One of my professors sent an email around to my year group to request applications for an interesting third year […]

ID Guide

Common Dog-Violet (Viola riviniana) — ID Guide

April 14, 2016 0

Another beautiful sign of Spring, although you may have to look a little closer to find it! This week we’re going to be looking at the wonderful common dog-violet (Viola riviniana). This species generally forms […]

Environment

Smoky Mumbai

April 11, 2016 1

Over the recent years, there has been an increased global concern regarding environmental protection and climate change. This has raised attention to various environmental issues such as recycling, waste separation and appropriate disposal of wastes. […]

ID Guide

Spring Wildflowers Part I — Lesser Celandine

April 4, 2016 0

The people on Twitter have spoken (or at least tweeted) and have chosen plants for my new series here on BioWeb.ie. Be sure to stay tuned to both @OshDuffy and @BioWeb_ie for more botanical blogs […]

ID Guide

Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum) — ID Guide

March 22, 2016 1

Last week looked at the Red-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius), this week we will be looking at another species which also has a red tail, the tiny Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum). B. pratorum is a relatively […]

Opinion

Predation in (Chest) Waders

March 18, 2016 1

I wasn’t quite sure what was expected from a predation research student at first; I soon found out it was the ability to laugh at oneself while chest deep in river water surrounded by cows. […]

A rather sluggish and sandy B. lapidarius from a dune system – Oisín Duffy
ID Guide

Red-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) — ID Guide

March 16, 2016 0

This week we’ll be looking at a highly distinctive and beautiful species of bumblebee. The red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) is a beautiful species which appears to be more abundant throughout the southern half of the […]

Welcome to the realm of the Hippo! It's going to be down to the best possible strategic planning and good will of the Hippos that my traps don't get completely flattened!
Research

It pays to have a hard shell up here!

March 14, 2016 8

I’ve recently returned from my first visit to my field site here in South Africa, the Ndumo game reserve. This place is truly incredible and I feel extremely privileged to have the opportunity to call […]

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