Meeting Saba.

Was a dream. Genuinely, quite like a dream. My memories from childhood are hazy at best, but I do vividly remember sitting in front of the TV set totally mesmerised by a handsome Brit chasing across the African savannah in search of fantastic beasts. Saba-Douglas Hamilton provided me with hours of escape from dreich Scotland, … More Meeting Saba.

New rules are urgently needed to protect life in the open seas, scientists have warned

Researchers at the University of Oxford have presented a report to the UN showing that more than 60% of the ocean lies out with national jurisdiction and as such lacks effective conservation measures. The report highlights that the open ocean is at risk from climate change, over-fishing, deep-sea mining, farm pollution and plastics. Dr Lucy … More New rules are urgently needed to protect life in the open seas, scientists have warned

Two top wins for Zoology in the Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research awards

At this year’s University of Oxford Vice-Chancellor’s awards evening, two zoology teams won recognition for their work in engaging the public in their research. Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor says: “I have been deeply impressed by the quality of the public engagement with research projects submitted for this year’s awards. The breadth and diversity of the … More Two top wins for Zoology in the Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research awards

New trial to test cancer-killing vaccine

First published on the ECMC Network website here. A young British patient with advanced cervical cancer has become the first to receive a cancer-killing vaccine. The trial – called Vaper – is being led by researchers from King’s Health Partners’ ECMC at the NIHR’s Guy’s and St Thomas’ Clinical Research Facility in London. Over a … More New trial to test cancer-killing vaccine

In the Lion of Fire

On July 1, Cecil, Zimbabwe’s iconic and magnificent adult male African lion, was brutally shot and murdered in the name of sport. On December 5, a pride of lions in south-west Kenya were deliberately poisoned, resulting in the death of at least two adults. One for recreation and the other for livelihood, these shocking stories … More In the Lion of Fire

World first blood cancer drug trial reveals life-changing results

This is the first time I have thought to share news coming from my place of work on my personal blog. I am the Communications Officer for the Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres (ECMC), where I help to share and upload good news stories that emerge from our Network. We are a jointly funded initiative between … More World first blood cancer drug trial reveals life-changing results

Conservation amongst the Cloud Forest of Honduras

First published by CocoEco here. Volunteers can live and work within the breath-taking Cloud Forest national park of Honduras, aiding the conservation organisation, Operation Wallacea, to document the flora and fauna health of the Central American rainforest. The forest itself covers over 250 square kilometres of rugged terrain, over two-thirds of which boast slopes of … More Conservation amongst the Cloud Forest of Honduras

Trouble ahead for Africa’s gentle giants

First published in Coco Eco here. When we conjure an image of an iconic African sunset, we picture the silhouette of long-necked gentle giants slowly sauntering along their open savanna, reaching up at the trees to pluck the last remaining succulents. Yet this image may be fast disappearing from reality.  New research has suggested that … More Trouble ahead for Africa’s gentle giants