George Rabin takes a deep dive into aestivation, a process that allows lungfish to lay dormant during dry spells in the rivers they inhabit.
Ellie Smith explores animal tool use, focusing on ecological and cognitive factors affecting its rarity and diversity.
Ilke Boran explores the origins of life and identifies moons beyond Earth with the potential to support thriving biological systems.
Jacinto Mathe investigates the enigmatic origins of humanity, unraveling the mysteries through the lenses of neo-taphonomy and paleoecology.
Sophie Gray highlights how new evidence challenges long-held misconceptions about sex roles in hunting.
The lack of genetic diversity in banana plants puts them at risk of disease pandemics that could wipe them off our supermarket shelves for good. Isabel Schmidt discusses how our current bananas have been developed and how to overcome these risks in the future.
Sophie Berdugo discusses how, much like the self-isolation we have become accustomed to during the COVID-19 pandemic, ants also adopt self-isolation techniques to stop the spread of fungal infections.
By Matthew Sutton This article was originally published in The Oxford Scientist Michaelmas Term 2021 edition, Change. Earth’s oceans are an immense and foreboding place. They occupy 71% of the surface area of the planet and have a total volume exceeding 1.3 billion cubic kilometres. Occupying every corner of every part of this gargantuan biome…