School of Biological Sciences

  • BS8 1TQ

    United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile

The University of Bristol has a cluster of research and teaching excellence across the life sciences, from bio-nanotechnology to earth system science, from biochemistry to experimental psychology, from individuals to societies.

Organisms - how they function, evolve and interact with each other and the environment - lie at the nexus of these fields, so the School of Biological Sciences is a key component of what is, on most recent metrics, the UK's No.3 Science Faculty.

In the 2008 RAE, 95% of the school's research was recognised as having international impact and 50% as being world leading or internationally excellent.

Our research is organised around three main themes that reflect our strengths and interests. Parallel to these themes, we are greatly helped by the LESARS endowment, which can fund research of agricultural relevance.

The underlying theme for all our research groups is the search for an understanding of the function, evolution, development and regulation of complex systems, pursued using the latest technologies, from '-omics' to nanoscience, and mathematical modelling tools.

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    Research Output

    A bat guano deposit in Jamaica recorded agricultural changes and metal exposure over the last >4300 years

    Gallant, L. R., Grooms, C., Kimpe, L. E., Smol, J. P., Bogdanowicz, W., Stewart, R. S., Clare, E. L., Fenton, M. B. & Blais, J. M., 15 Jan 2020, In : Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 538, 7 p., 109470.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Above- and below-ground biodiversity jointly regulate temperate forest multifunctionality along a local-scale environmental gradient

    Yuan, Z., Ali, A., Ruiz-Benito, P., Jucker, T., Mori, A. S., Wang, S., Zhang, X., Li, H., Hao, Z., Wang, X. & Loreau, M., 16 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Ecology. 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    A Cambrian–Ordovician terrestrialization of arachnids

    Lozano-Fernandez, J., Tanner, A., Puttick, M. N., Vinther, J., Edgecombe, GD. & Pisani, D., 11 Mar 2020, In : Frontiers in Genetics.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

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    Student theses

    A Comparison of Eulemur Social Systems and Vocal Communication During the Mating Season: Implications for the Speciation and Conservation of Blue-Eyed Black Lemurs and Black Lemurs

    Author: Eschmann, C., 26 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Mccabe, G. (Supervisor) & Holderied, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Acoustic communication of rare and threatened crocodilians and its use for population monitoring

    Author: Staniewicz, A. M., 23 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Holderied, M. W. (Supervisor) & Mccabe, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

    A molecular and morphological taxonomy of epi-/endophytes (Ulvophyceae, Chlorophyta)

    Author: Rinkel, B. E., 2007

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)



    1st prize for poster at international conference

    Brodrick, Emelie A (Recipient), 9 Aug 2019

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

    Award for mentoring in science

    Cuthill, Innes C (Recipient), 2005

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Activities

    Tsaobis Baboonmoot 2020

    Sean A Rands (Speaker)

    13 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Paschal Umeakuana

    Wendy C Gibson (Host)

    Feb 2019Mar 2019

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

    Journal of Ethology (Journal)

    Sean A Rands (Editor)

    2019 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity