A Greenland Shark swimming near the surface of the water

The 400-year-old shark – what will a Greenland shark born today experience as the climate changes?

Nicholas Dunn, Research Postgraduate on the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet DTP and based at the ZSL Institute of Zoology, is developing environmental DNA methods to assess the distribution of sharks and rays. In this blog, he considers climate change from the perspective of a Greenland Shark, an ancient species where individuals can live for up to 400 years. Did you know that one … Continue reading The 400-year-old shark – what will a Greenland shark born today experience as the climate changes?

Losing a bet but winning the war: fighting the deadly chytrid fungi

On World Wildlife Day, Grantham Lecturer Dr Kris Murray explains why a US ban on salamander imports is critical to stemming the spread of a new lethal amphibian disease. I‘m not usually one for gambling, and certainly not for placing bets that I genuinely hope to lose. But last year I made a bet with a colleague that I ended up losing more quickly than … Continue reading Losing a bet but winning the war: fighting the deadly chytrid fungi

How can wildlife adapt to a warmer world?

Dr Eoin O’Gorman from the Department of Life Sciences explores how species might cope with rising global temperatures. Our planet is getting warmer. That is now an undeniable fact, even by the most conservative predictions for the next century. Climate change has begun to take centre-stage in international politics, Nobel prize decision-making, and even Oscar acceptance speeches. Warmer temperatures will have numerous consequences for us … Continue reading How can wildlife adapt to a warmer world?

On the brink: 10 South American species endangered by environmental change

SSCP-DTP student Rowan Schley introduces the South American plants and animals on the verge of extinction due to climate and environmental change. If you were to travel South America from top to tail, you would witness nearly every type of habitat present on Earth: from the steamy tropical rainforests of the Amazon, through mountains, deserts, grasslands, temperate forests and eventually the fierce seas and ice … Continue reading On the brink: 10 South American species endangered by environmental change