Category: Research

Game theory and animal contest behaviour

by Gareth Arnott & Irene Camerlink   Game theory is a branch of applied mathematics, initially developed by economists to model human strategic decision making, and popularised with well-known examples such as the Prisoner’s dilemma, and Russell Crowe’s portrayal of the Nobel laureate John Nash in the film A Beautiful Mind. However, biologists were quick […]

Banning the microbeads!

By Camilla Bertolini @CamiBe90 We have been recently hearing about microbeads and the microbead ban on the news. But you may still wonder “what is a microbead?” Microbeads are defined as manufactured solid plastic particles (polyethylene, polypropylene or polystyrene) of less than five millimeters in their largest dimension. They can be found in exfoliating beauty […]

What does a squidpop have to do with mussel reefs?

    By Camilla Bertolini @CamiBe90 What is the first thing that comes to your mind after hearing the word “squidpop” ?  Here a few things that popped into my mind after hearing it from the first time: a squid flavoured lollipop, a squid flavoured fizzy drink, an inflatable squid that pops… the possibilities of […]

GM crops, Northern Ireland and Global Food Security

By Jonathan Dalzell      @jjdalzell   It seems very likely that my research group is currently the only to be developing transgenic, or ‘GM’ crops in Northern Ireland. A disappointing realisation, and perhaps one of the reasons underpinning our former environment minister’s decision to ban outright the growing of GM crops in Northern Ireland, […]

Friend or Foe – The Moral Dilemma of Invasive Species

By Dr Nadescha Zwerschke   When you are on holiday in some exotic place and you meet your next door neighbour you wonder how small the world actually is.  And indeed, increasing globalisation has caused the removal of many geographic boundaries.  Former isolated continents are now connected via an intensive exchange of people, goods and […]

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