BioSystems and Environmental Change (BEC)

Researching interaction between animals and environment

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Researching interaction between animals and environment

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Researching interaction between animals and environment

Birmingham-Worcester canal

Research into the interactions between animals and their environments in the School of Biosciences is co-ordinated through the BioSystems and Environment Change research theme.

Our research focuses on the investigation of molecular, physiological and behavioural responses to environmental change across rapid, seasonal and evolutionary timescales. We are interested in both natural evolutionary changes and those driven by environmental pollution and climate change. A deeper mechanistic understanding of organism physiology and toxicology, and its adaptation, is achieved by integrating and modelling our measurements using computational biology.

We have particular expertise in Daphnia as a model species for probing molecular-environment interactions in the context of environmental toxicology and evolution. Many other biosystems are investigated, from cell lines to terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates to fish. We also specialise in birds as model species, for cognition, foraging and nutritional ecology, and in animal biomechanics, particularly the evolution of primate locomotor ecology.