College of Life and Environmental Sciences

We are dedicated to exploring the diversity and evolutionary challenges of life in all its forms. Across the breadth of life and environmental sciences, we discover, apply and translate science, forging major advances in human and environmental health. From exercise, biomedicine and mental health to climate change, food security and resilience we combine original thinking and real-world experience with clear focus and rigour.  
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World's biggest terrestrial carbon sinks are found in young forests

World's biggest terrestrial carbon sinks are found in young forests
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More than half of the carbon sink in the world's forests is in areas where the trees are relatively young – under 140 years old – rather than in tropical rainforests, research at the University of Birmingham shows.
Date:
18 February 2019

Diversity on land is not higher today than in the past, study shows

Diversity on land is not higher today than in the past, study shows
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The rich levels of land biodiversity seen across the globe today are not a recent phenomenon: diversity on land has been similar for at least the last 60 million years, since soon after the extinction of the dinosaurs.
Date:
18 February 2019

Researchers reveal brain connections that disadvantage night owls

Researchers reveal brain connections that disadvantage night owls
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'Night owls' – those who go to bed and get up later – have fundamental differences in their brain function compared to 'morning larks' , which mean they could be disadvantaged by the constraints of a normal working day.
Date:
15 February 2019

Arctic sea ice loss in past linked to abrupt climate events

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Birmingham scientists have contributed to a new study on ice cores which shows that reductions in sea ice in the Arctic in the period between 30-100,000 years ago led to major climate events.
Date:
14 February 2019

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