SCENE’s natural environment and facilities enable researchers to contribute to the fundamental understanding of biological processes,  to address pressing scientific questions like environmental change, and to promote knowledge for reconciling conservation with human use of natural resources.


A unique location for research

Surrounded by a rich variety of aquatic and terrestrial habitats, the SCENE field station gives researchers unique opportunities for studying a broad range of species and ecological communities. These assets of the natural environment are complemented by state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, controlled temperature rooms and cabinets, aquaria and experimental streams, which enable rigorous experimental tests alongside field observations.

SCENE is part of the University of Glasgow's Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine, within the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences. SCENE’s researchers address fundamental questions of ecology, relating to evolutionary biology, eco-physiology, disease ecology, and environmental change.

The current active research portfolio at SCENE extends across the entire spectrum from the fundamental to the highly applied. SCENE hosts a large scale project, IBIS (Integrated Aquatic Resource Management between Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland), which is aimed at environmentally sustainable development and currently provides support for 13 post-graduate research students. Many other studies of the local fauna and flora focus on threatened species that would profit from a better understanding of their ecology and management needs.

In addition to research activities of the University of Glasgow, SCENE’s features attract scientists, from throughout Scotland and around the world, to work and collaborate on a wide range of environmental research questions. These include, for example, projects on lake carbon dynamics and on sexual selection in insects.

Since 2008, research carried out at SCENE has resulted in over 100 research publications in peer-reviewed, international journals. The studies have been supported by research grants in excess of £5 million from a diverse range of funders, including UK research councils (NERC, BBSRC), European Union grants (ERC, INTERREG, Marie Curie), the Royal Society, Royal Society of Edinburgh and various other national and international sources, including Canada’s NSERC and the German Eliteprogramm (Baden-Wuerttemberg-Stiftung).