Integrating expertise in animal biology and ecology with that in comparative and veterinary medicine


Welcome to the Institute

The Institute is a fundamentally multidisciplinary research body with a key strength of working on interdisciplinary boundaries. We are unique in the UK in our ability to link research on animal diseases, production and welfare with ecological and evolutionary approaches. Our research addresses multiple biological levels: from research into molecules and cells, to research into individuals, human populations and ecosystems.

The need for a holistic approach such as this has never been more pressing, given the threat posed by rapid environmental change and human population increase. We are driven by the need for multidisciplinary teams to address major research challenges in relation to environmental change, emerging diseases and the conservation of biodiversity. We do this by integrating empirical research with rigorous quantitative analysis, appropriate theoretical frameworks and predictive modelling.

Our work meets national and global agendas and aligns well with the research priorities of major funders. We benefit from a research income of £6.5m per year from funders including the UK research councils (BBSRC, NERC and MRC), DEFRA, Wellcome Trust, Gates Foundation, and European Commission. See a list of our current active grants.

Our culture

We have built a vibrant, dynamic and supportive research environment where all staff enjoy working, and seek to attract the most creative, imaginative, and collegiate researchers to join us. Find out about our social environment. We currently have 90 members of academic staff (38 who are tenured) and around 100 postgraduate students (two thirds PhD students, one third MSc students) who work across our four major research themes; they are supported by 31 professional services staff.

Our recent Silver Athena SWAN Department award establishes our commitment to gender equality for recruitment, career development and progression of our staff and students, and sets out our future plans to continue developing this culture.

Impact of our research

Our researchers have a strong track record of translating our research into real world solutions, and have worked hard to develop strong and enduring relationships with a broad range of stakeholders. Our work has benefited a range of conservation bodies, animal welfare charities, global health bodies and government policymakers nationally and internationally. Read more about some of our impacts.

Partners

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The strength of our impacts both within and beyond academia are driven by our ability to develop interdisciplinary teams, working with a broad range of partners within the College, elsewhere in the University and around the world. Read more about who we work with in our research pages.

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