Small fish may play big role in Africa
Fast-breeding fish may be an important tool in the fight against malnourishment in the poorest parts of the world, a UN report concludes. Professor of Biology, Jeppe Kolding, is lead author of the study. Read more here.
This has been an issue on the Norwegian radio program NRK Ekko (P2) Tuesday this week. Listen to the program here (starts at 58m18s).
Small fish, big potential. Photo: Jeppe Kolding
Algae toxins as medicaments
An optimizing project may turn careers if it shows great potential. Ralf Kellmann from UiB tells about his experience as a project leader thus far, and gives some good tips on how to succeed. (Norwegian).
On Monday May 16th, John Birks was inducted as a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He was introduced by his main proposer, Prof Des Thompson. He signed the book and was presented with his certificate by the President, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell. He then gave a short speech of thanks. A Corresponding Fellow is equivalent to an Honorary Fellow but does not live in the UK.
On Thursday May 19th, Alistair Seddon delivered the Rick Battarbee lecture at University College London; the Ecological Time Machine. The Rick Battarbee lectures are a named series of distinguished lectures set up to honour Professor Emeritus Rick Battarbee of the Ecological Change Research Centre at UCL. The lecture was enjoyed by the large audience and was followed by a wine reception.
Alistair Seddon time machine RWB lecture
The municipality wants to build a new freight terminal at Haukaas, but this is also where river mussels that the government already spends millions of krone to save.
-When Julius Caesar’s army invaded England in order to get their hands on this mussel already 55 years BC, perhaps Bergen Municipality also should consider it valuable says Per Johan Jakobsen. He’s a professor at the University of Bergen and works with “aquaculture” of river mussels at a designated facility at Austevoll.
Read more in BAs article
Open and available localized species data from so-called collecting databases are a vital resource in management, research and education. A new master’s thesis from the University of Bergen is a good example of the importance of this type of data in education.
Bahar Mozfar is a master student at Ecological and Environmental Change Research Group (EECRG) at the Department of Biology, University of Bergen. She has done extensive fieldwork, and registered and species specific bumblebees in different habitats in most parts of southern Norway. During fieldwork their species specific Mozfar total 1089 bumblebees. It was found 26 species totaling 199 localities. After the fieldwork Mozfar compared her own findings with 33,484 datapoints on findings of bumblebees that are registered in the database of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). This was done to find out if data from GBIF matched own findings with regard to the distribution of the species.
Read more on Biodiversity Information sites
Students want lectures and have them recorded and posted online. But what they really learn by that?
“The best thing with lectures is that we get up in the morning and that we have to worry about having homework. Many lecturers are incredibly clever and entertaining.”
The statements could be taken from an interview with students or by a student evaluation, but is not it. The sums still something of what emerges through various surveys, which we see as problematic with this type of education.
Read more from Øyvind Fiksen, Arild Raaheim and Lukas Jeno in BT
Microbial oceanography: Viral strategies at sea
The finding that marine environments with high levels of host microbes have fewer viruses per host than when host abundance is low challenges a theory on the relative roles of lysogenic and lytic viral-survival strategies.
Read more in Frede Thingstad and Gunnar Bratbak’s article in Nature News.
Outstanding scientists, eminent academics and celebrated professionals join Scotland’s National Academy
Announced today are the names of 56 distinguished individuals, including BIO’s John Birks, elected to become Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). Hailing from sectors that range from the arts, business, science and technology and academia they join the current Fellowship whose varied expertise supports the advancement of learning and useful knowledge in Scottish public life.
As Scotland’s National Academy, the RSE’s strength lies in the breadth of disciplines represented by its Fellowship. This range of expertise enables the RSE to take part in a host of activities such as providing independent and expert advice to Government and Parliament, supporting aspiring entrepreneurs through mentorship, facilitating education programmes for young people and engaging the general public through educational events.
John Birks has a long connection with Scotland. His PhD was on the Present Vegetation and the Vegetational History of the Isle of Skye and he has continued with many other projects in Scotland up to the present day.