Secrets of the orchid mantis revealed – it doesn't mimic an orchid after all By James Gilbert, University of Sussex In his 1879 account of wanderings in the Orient, the travel writer James Hingston describes how, in West Java, he was treated to a bizarre experience: I am taken by my kind host around his … Continue reading Secrets of the orchid mantis revealed – By James Gilbert
For some it’s the highlight of a conference, for others it’s a dull chore - the poster session. Unfortunately giving a poster presentation at a conference sometimes comes with the stigma of not making the cut for the oral presentation sessions. But conferences aren’t just about sharing your work; they are about making career forming … Continue reading Conference posters: Less is more!
There is a new science podcast doing the rounds specifically aimed at biologists with a sweet tooth for metal music. The appropriately named Brutal Biology features a prominent scientist/researcher/thinker each week and focuses on getting to know the person behind the ideas and the research. So what starts off as a scientific discussion often diverges into … Continue reading Brutal Biology Podcast
I just finished up a four month stint as a research fellow at the National University of Singapore. Whilst there I worked towards increasing the capacity to do orchid mantis research using model stimuli.Flying insects such as bees and butterflies are lured towards the flower like orchid mantis. Bees can be observed making back and … Continue reading 3D printing an orchid mantis
I am off on a new adventure! I was offered an Endeavour Research Fellowship by the Australian Government to conduct research in Singapore. For the next few months I will be based at the National University of Singapore conducting research in Daiqin Li's Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology Lab. What will I be researching? Why the … Continue reading Endeavour Research Fellowship
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