Research in the School of Biology is focussed around three research groups:
We seek general understanding of biological and ecological systems and many of us focus on applying our findings to a wide range of applied problems. We have particular strengths in influencing management and policy and many of our staff serve on both national and international committees that contribute to real-world impact from our research findings. For example: (i) work by the modelling group has been used as evidence to guide policy formulation across a range of key issues such as TB in Badgers and livestock, Campylobacterosis in chickens, impacts of vertebrate invasive species such as squirrels on native species; (ii) members of the Ecology and Conservation group have contributed key research findings guiding policy (e.g. CBD 2020 targets) and management of critically endangered ecosystems (e.g. coral reefs) and species (e.g. galliformes) (iii) members of the Applied and Environmental Biology group have provided research which underpins increased crop yields to input into helping the world face issues of food security.
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.
Our work is funded from a range of sources as diverse as our research activities. Current and immediate past 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.
Our research groups meet regularly to discuss research findings and seek to foster new research ideas across disciplines. This ethos is further supported by close links with the Newcastle Institute for Research in the Environment and Sustainability.