Entries by Claire Pennycuick

Dr Nicola Patron – Engineering Plants

Dr Nicola Patron is a group leader at the Earlham Institute, Norwich. This lecture demonstrates Nicola’s research area in molecular and synthetic biology to tailor plants as biomanufacturing platforms for products used in health, industry and agriculture. This full  length (60 minute lecture) was filmed at the 2018 Gatsby Plant Science Summer School.

Prof Dame Ottoline Leyser – Thinking without a brain

Prof Dame Ottoline Leyser is the Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge. In this lecture, Ottoline explains her research which uses the hormonal control of shoot branching to investigate plant decision-making mechanisms under the constraints of being rooted to the spot. This full  length (60 minute lecture) was filmed at the 2018 Gatsby Plant Science […]

Dr Ed Mitchard – Measuring Forests from Space

Dr Ed Mitchard of the University of Edinburgh speaks about his work developing new methods to map changes in forests, especially using radar and LiDAR data, with a view to supporting policy efforts to reduce and reverse deforestation. This full lecture was recorded at the 2016 Gatsby Summer School. View the video on the University […]

The raspberry destroying an ecosystem

How the species we introduce destroy fragile ecosystems – and what biologists can do about it. By Dan Wright Sarmiento, Galapagos Conservation Trust. The settlers brought their cats and dogs, their pigs and other livestock. They brought the seeds for the crops that would one day feed them. Arriving on the volcanic islands of the Galapagos, 1,000km off […]

Herbaria: biology’s secret weapon

The amazing way that collections of dried plants 100s of years old inspire modern science. By Christine Bartram, University of Cambridge Herbarium. In the hidden halls and secret passageways of more than 3000 herbaria world-wide, there are millions of pressed, dried, plant specimens, labelled and stuck on to sheets of paper. They preserve a 300 […]

Food, climate change and health

In Paris, December 2015, world leaders agreed to limit climate change to 1.50c – the first ever universal, legally-binding global climate deal. Energy and fossil fuel use are the main culprits that we need to fix. The way to fix it is to use less energy and materials, and produce energy renewably. But even if […]

The zoology beneath your feet

Think of a zoologist, and you probably think of someone studying the megafauna of Africa, or perhaps polar bears across the Arctic. But beneath your feet is an environment packed with animals you’ve never seen, but which shaped our planet. In this 5 minute talk, soil zoologist Dr Charlie Clutterbuck explains his passion for these […]

The mystery of the evolution of stomata

We take stomata for granted – they’re on every leaf around us, and without them the world wouldn’t breathe. They don’t just respond to daylight and atmospheric humidity: new research shows that plants slam their stomata shut against invading bacteria. But when and how did this complex ability evolve? The fossil record leaves us with a […]

Conservation Matters

How can we feed the planet without destroying precious biodiversity? Researchers, farmers and conservationists around the world are putting their minds to the problem.  This Project Starter is designed for people planning EPQs, Advanced Higher Investigations, and other independent research projects. It’s based on the work of Prof Andrew Balmford, University of Cambridge. Get Inside the […]

Coffee – a global history

How long will your morning coffee be available for? This bean shaped global history, through colonisation and plantations to today’s world of Fair Trade and big business. Now a disease is threatening coffee production world-wise. Dr Charlie Clutterbuck discusses the long and strange history behind coffee – how a small plant from Ethiopia dominated the […]