School of Biology



We focus on an understanding of biological and ecological systems and then apply our findings to a wide range of problems. Our research influences management and policy with staff serving on both national and international committees that contribute to real-world impact.

Our work is funded from a range of sources as diverse as our research activities. Funding has been provided by NERC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, RELU, EU, The Leverhulme Trust, Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund, Darwin Initiative, DEFRA and a wide range of industrial sources.

Members of the School have worked extensively with AHVLA and in 2013 established a joint University Research Centre for Wildlife Management with extensive collaborations between the two organisations.

Research led by School of Biology staff has helped change the way the world’s precious coral reefs are protected and restored.  This research, led by Emeritus Professor Alasdair Edwards, was ranked in the top category (4-star) for the societal impacts of our research in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) UK research quality assessment:

Research is focused around three research groups: