A multidisciplinary research institute

A multidisciplinary research institute

We integrate expertise in animal biology and ecology with that in comparative and veterinary medicine. Unique in the UK, the range of our studies spans multiple biological levels: from research into molecules and cells, to research into individuals, human populations and ecosystems.

Given the threats posed by rapid environmental change and our increasing human population, there has never been a more pressing need for our holistic approach. We are driven by the need to create multidisciplinary teams to address national and global research challenges. Always striving to understand the interdependence of animal and human populations, ecosystems and the environment, our research explores the consequences of this interdependence for disease pathogenesis and transmission, food security and the conservation of species and habitat, using the full range of approaches from empirical experiments to theoretical modelling.


 ‌Re-launch of SCENE: showcasing the new facilities, expanding our activities

Highland midgeThe Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment (SCENE), within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, is the University's field station for research and teaching. To mark the Centre's complete replacement and expansion of facilities, we will be celebrating with a series of open days, research development activities and outreach events.

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