What’s a Zoologist? Featuring Lucy Cotgrove, Fish Biologist

What’s a Zoologist? Featuring Lucy Cotgrove, Fish Biologist

If you ask a random person in the street what they think a zoologist does, you might get one of two responses: TV presenter (think Steve Irwin, David Attenborough), or a zookeeper. In fact, the term "zoologist" covers a wide range of roles, from museum curators to research scientists and conservationists, in a large number [...]

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The hilarious story behind #reviewforscience

The hilarious story behind #reviewforscience

This week, scientists on Twitter have been sharing their odd uses for everyday items in their experiments using the #reviewforscience hashtag. Here's the story of how this hashtag stemmed from a single review of a tea strainer. It was a Sunday night and I was shopping for a tea strainer online. Productive use of an [...]

Dinosaurs, Animal Farts and Pterosaur Sex: Tet Zoo Con 2017

Dinosaurs, Animal Farts and Pterosaur Sex: Tet Zoo Con 2017

Although I'm studying for a PhD in ornithology, I'm a big fan of all things zoology. I had heard good things about the "TetZooniverse" over on Twitter, so this October I took the plunge and hopped on a train down to London from Glasgow for the 4th TetZoo (Tetrapod Zoology) Convention, an extension of the [...]

Species Spotlight #2: “Dancing” Yeti Crab

Species Spotlight #2: “Dancing” Yeti Crab

If you haven't seen the prequel for the upcoming nature documentary series BBC Blue Planet 2, where have you been? The trailer features a mixture of stunning clips from the new series, narrated by zoology icon David Attenborough and overlaid with an epic soundtrack blending vocals from rock band Radiohead and music from Hans Zimmer. [...]