Our research

We are one of the world's leading departments for whole-organism biology, with the UK's highest concentration of animal and plant science researchers. In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, we came in the top five for research excellence.

Our research projects are being carried out in locations from the polar regions to the tropics, at scales from within cells up to entire ecosystems. Through our research we aim both to understand the fundamental processes that drive biological systems and solve pressing environmental problems. This range of activities and the many interactions between the researchers in these areas, generates a dynamic and innovative research environment

We also recognise the importance of applying our knowledge and expertise to challenge-driven research with far-reaching impacts, influencing positive environmental, social and economic change.

Research groupings

Our academic staff work across three broad areas of research. On these pages you can learn more about these research groupings, and find the research interests and contact details for individual members of staff:

Our impact

Our research impacts span five themes. On these pages you can read case studies abut the difference our research makes:

Collaborate with us

We share knowledge across sectors (private, public, NGO), with other Universities and across our own departments, to achieve research that has real-world impact.

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